Advertisement
 

doctorslounge.com

 
Powered by
Careerbuilder

 

                    Home  |  Forums  |  Humor  |  Advertising  |  Contact
   Ask a Doctor

   News via RSS

   Newsletter

   Infections

   News

 

 Conferences


   CME

   Forum Archives

   Diseases

   Symptoms

   Labs

   Procedures

   Drugs

   Links
   Specialties

   Cardiology

   Dermatology

   Endocrinology

   Fertility

   Gastroenterology

   Gynecology

   Hematology

   Infections

   Nephrology

   Neurology

   Oncology

   Orthopedics

   Pediatrics

   Pharmacy

   Primary Care

   Psychiatry

   Pulmonology

   Rheumatology

   Surgery

   Urology

   Other Sections

   Membership

   Research Tools

   Medical Tutorials

   Medical Software

 

 Headlines:

 
 

Back to Infectious Diseases

Erysipelas

Erysipelas is an infection of the skin by streptococci. The infection is subcutaneous and is more superficial than cellulitis and hence well demarcated.

Symptoms and signs

The skin is painful, red, and tender. Patients experience fever and chills. Bullae and vesicles may occur and leave crusts when they rupture. Regional lymph gland enlargement is common.

The erysipelas rash may occur on face, arms, or legs and has raised borders. The infection may recur, causing chronic swelling of extremities (lymphadenitis). 

advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)
 

Are you a doctor or a nurse?

Do you want to join the Doctors Lounge online medical community?

Participate in editorial activities (publish, peer review, edit) and give a helping hand to the largest online community of patients.

Click on the link below to see the requirements:

Doctors Lounge Membership Application


Transmission

Cellulitis begins with minor trauma, such as a bruise, usually to an extremity.

Diagnosis

The organism may be cultured from skin lesions or recovered from blood.

Treatment

Erysipelas usually responds to penicillin or erythromycin. Depending on the severity, treatment involves either oral or intravenous antibiotics.

previous.gif (72x17 -- 347 bytes) next.gif (72x17 -- 277 bytes)
 

 advertisement.gif (61x7 -- 0 bytes)

 

 



We subscribe to the HONcode principles of the HON Foundation. Click to verify.
We subscribe to the HONcode principles. Verify here

Privacy Statement | Terms & Conditions | Editorial Board | About us
Copyright 2001-2012 DoctorsLounge. All rights reserved.