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

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).

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  • Causes

    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.

  • Treatment

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

  • Outlook (Prognosis)

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

Related Information

  Atopic dermatitis...ErysipelasSystemicFever    

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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Review Date: 11/20/2012  

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