Well-defined, indurated, raised and shiny plaques associated with fevers and general malaise most commonly around the lower limbs and face. Erysipelas can recur and can be complicated by abscess formation or thrombophlebitis. Diagnosis is primarily clinical 1,2.
Most commonly caused by Group A streptococci but can also be caused by S. aureus, K. pneumoniae and H. influenzae spp. 1,2.
- 1. Bonnetblanc JM, Bédane C. Erysipelas: recognition and management. (2003) American journal of clinical dermatology. 4 (3): 157-63. doi:10.2165/00128071-200304030-00002 - Pubmed
- 2. Jorup-Rönström C. Epidemiological, bacteriological and complicating features of erysipelas. (1986) Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases. 18 (6): 519-24. doi:10.3109/00365548609021656 - Pubmed