What is erysipelas?

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.


  • fever
  • chills
  • 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.


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