Erysipelas in Children Pictures - 2 Photos & Images
Erysipelas is an acute infection of the skin and underlying fat tissues – usually caused by the streptococcus bacteria. What are the symptoms? The symptoms of erysipelas usually arise quite suddenly. A small red area appears on the skin. Within a few hours it expands markedly. The infection spreads like a wave beneath the skin, creating a raised border between the infected area and the surrounding, healthy skin. The less dense tissue underneath the skin (fat tissue) is particularly prone to infection. In the facial area, the inflamed spot is typically found on the cheeks and around the eyes and ears. The development of the infection is accompanied by chills, high fever and headaches. Without effective antibacterial treatment, the patient may feel quite unwell.