DermNet provides Google Translate, a free machine translation service. Note that this may not provide an exact translation in all languages. Erysipelas is a superficial form of cellulitis , a potentially serious bacterial infection affecting the skin. Erysipelas affects the upper dermis and extends into the superficial cutaneous lymphatics. Erysipelas most often affects infants and older people but can affect any age group. Risk factors are similar to those for other forms of cellulitis.
Erysipelas: Causes, Risks, and Prevention
Erysipelas is a relatively common bacterial infection of the superficial layer of the skin upper dermis , extending to the superficial lymphatic vessels within the skin, characterized by a raised , well-defined, tender, bright red rash , typically on the face or legs, but which can occur anywhere on the skin. It is a form of cellulitis and is potentially serious. It is more superficial than cellulitis , and is typically more raised and demarcated. In animals, erysipelas is a disease caused by infection with the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. The disease caused in animals is called Diamond Skin Disease, which occurs especially in pigs. Heart valves and skin are affected.
Everything you need to know about erysipelas
Erysipelas is a type of superficial cellulitis with dermal lymphatic involvement. Diagnosis is clinical. Treatment is with oral or IV antibiotics. See also Overview of Bacterial Skin Infections.
NCBI Bookshelf. Youstina Michael ; Nadia M. Authors Youstina Michael 1 ; Nadia M. Shaukat 2. Erysipelas is a skin infection involving the dermis layer of the skin, but it may also extend to the superficial cutaneous lymphatics.