Erisypelas is a skin infection caused by bacteria that enter the skin through a small wound. The infected area turns red, swells, is painful, becomes hot and spreads. The affected body part should be elevated and cooled, but antibiotics are often necessary.
- Red rash with sharply demarcated margins
- Quickly grows bigger
- Often on the feet or in the face
Causes and treatment
- Streptococcus, staphylococcus
- Entry through small injuries such as wounds, nail fungus, etc.
- Diabetes mellitus
- Immune deficiency
- Chronic venous insufficiency (varicose veins, predominantly in the legs)
Further treatment by your doctor / in hospital
- Blood test (inflammatory markers)
- Swab if entry point is visible (search for bacteria)
- Strict bed rest
- Elevation of the affected area
What can I do myself?
- Immediately disinfect all wounds (even small ones)