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Erysipeloid

Definition

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

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. . 5th ed. St. Louis, Mo: Mosby Elsevier; 2009:chap 9.

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