Erysipelas is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. It penetrates into the deeper skin layers through small wounds on the skin, such as from a minor scrape or cut. The infection leads to swollen, reddened, and warm areas on the legs and face and various other symptoms.
Erysipelas starts as when you feel unwell. This can be uncomfortable when you feel malaise. The rashes that appear on the skin cause fever. You may experience high body temperatures of between 38.3 to 40 degrees Celsius. The high fever can also bring pains in your body. Other people have complained of body aches such as a headache.
If you have a mild case of erysipelas, you can take medication at home. An antibiotic, cillin, treats the condition. Doctors recommend the use of antibiotics to combat the infection. The discomfort, pain, and fever can alleviate taking painkillers.
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