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Erysipelas – Causes, Symptoms, Treatment

erysipelas feetErysipelas manifests as a skin disease caused by  streptococcus beta hemolytic of group A.

The cause: infection that causes erysipelas begins from a nasopharyngeal source or a wound, scratch the skin. The disease begins after 2-5 days of incubation.

Erysipelas symptoms

In erysipelas, the onset is sudden, in one day, with fever, shivering, nausea, vomiting and enlarged lymph nodes.

The skin affected by erysipelas is bright red, shiny and hot. Erysipelas skin lesion appears as a placard with a marginal elevation area and has a centrifugal character causing injury increase. The lesion evolution from erysipelas becomes wider and takes a vivid red color.

The areas most commonly affected are the legs, hands, feet, face (the lesion has a


butterfly look), upper lip. Another possible location is an earlobe, which can cause

erysipelas of hand

painful blisters that burst and are replaced by scabs. In erysipelas the lesion is circumscribed, without itching or expansion trends in-depth.

Treatment of erysipelas

In erysipelas are recommend rivanol compresses of the affected area, antipyretics for fever and antibiotics (penicillin or erythromycin in patients allergic to penicillin), anti-allergic, after the schedule recommended by your doctor.

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