Erysipeloid

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Definition

Erysipeloid is inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) due to bacteria.

Alternative Names

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Erysipeloid is caused by the bacteria, Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. This type of bacteria is found in fish, birds, mammals, and shellfish. It usually affects people who work with these animals (such as farmers or butchers).

Symptoms

The main symptom is warmth, tenderness, and redness on the skin.

Signs and tests

Treatment

Antibiotics, especially penicillin, are used to treat this condition.

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

The infection rarely spreads. It may get better on its own.

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

Habif TP. Bacterial infections. In: Habif TP, ed. Clinical Dermatology. 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 9.

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  • Last reviewed on 11/20/2012
  • Kevin Berman, MD, PhD, Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Disease, Atlanta, GA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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