What is erysipelas?
Erysipelas is a type of skin infection. It affects the outermost layer of the skin and the local lymph nodes. Erysipelas is usually caused by the Group A Streptococcus bacterium, the same bacterium that causes strep throat.
- generally feeling unwell
- a red, swollen, and painful area of skin with a raised edge
- blisters on the affected area
- swollen glands
When erysipelas affects the face, the swollen area usually includes the nose and both cheeks.
Antibiotics, such as penicillin, are the most common treatment for erysipelas. As a result,you may be able to take an oral prescription at home if you have a mild case of erysipelas. You’ll likely have to take medications for about one week. You should go to hospital if the condition is more serious.