Erysipelas is a severe cellulitis infection. Cellulitis is varcharacterized by acute inflammation of the skin and fat layer directly underneath the skin from a bacterial infection. Typically, it occurs in the area of the skin which have become damaged, such as with dermatitis, fungal infections or skin injuries. It is usually accompanied by fever, chills, and malaise.
Causes of Erysipelas
Erysipelas is caused by streptococcal infection of the skin. It may rapidly spread. the onset may occur in areas of the skin damaged by other processes.
Signs and Symptoms of Erysipelas
The symptoms of erysipelas include a hot, red, swollen area of the skin. It is usually shiny and well demarcated from the adjacent normal skin. High fevers and chills may occur. There may be swelling and tenderness in the lymph nodes adjacent to the infection. These occur either in the groin, the armpit, or the neck.
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