What are the signs and symptoms of group A streptococcal (GAS) erysipelas?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Zartash Zafar Khan, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Erysipelas is an acute infection of the skin. In the past, the face was the most commonly involved site of infection; however, it now accounts for 20% or less of cases. Lower extremities are commonly affected. The symptoms of erysipelas include erythematous, warm, painful skin lesions with raised borders that are commonly associated with fever. With appropriate antibiotics, the lesions resolve in days to weeks, with possible peeling. The condition usually occurs in children or elderly people. (See the image below.)

Streptococcus group A infections. Erysipelas is a Streptococcus group A infections. Erysipelas is a group A streptococcal infection of skin and subcutaneous tissue.

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