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Erysipelas is an inflammatory disease of the upper layers of the skin. Like Cellulitis, the disease is commonly caused by Group A strep germs.


Symptoms of erysipelas may include

  • A fiery red rash with raised borders on your face, arms, or legs.
  • Hot, red skin with have sharply defined raised areas.

In addition, the infection may come back, causing chronic (long-term) swelling of your arms or legs (lymphedema).


Both cellulitis and erysipelas begin with a minor incident, such as a bruise. They can also begin at the site of a burn, surgical cut, or wound, and usually affect your arm or leg. When the rash appears on your trunk, arms, or legs, however, it is usually at the site of a surgical cut or wound.

Even if you have no symptoms, you carry the germs on your skin or in your nasal passages and can transmit the disease to others.


Depending on how severe the infection is, your healthcare provider will treat you with either oral or intravenous (through the vein) antibiotics.



National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA.