What is Erysipeloid?

Erysipeloid is a rare bacterial infection that usually affects the skin around the hands and feet. It is caused by a bacteria called Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae, which is commonly found in untreated sea water and in poultry or other animals. The infection is usually a red, raised rash on the skin that is quite itchy and can sometimes be painful. It usually affects the hands or feet, but can occur on other parts of the body.

Erysipeloid is considered to be a very rare infectious condition, with the number of cases reported each year being quite low. Most people who contract this condition are infected through cuts or wounds that come into contact with bacteria-infected water, soil, or animals.

Symptoms of Erysipeloid

  • A red, raised rash on the skin, usually on the hands and feet
  • Itching, burning and pain
  • Fever
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle aches

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosis of Erysipeloid is usually done through a physical examination of the rash, test culture from the affected area and serologic testing. Treatment typically includes oral antibiotics such as penicillin or amoxicillin.

It is important to take the full course of treatment to ensure that the infection is properly treated. Preventive measures include avoiding contact with infected animals, wearing gloves when working with soil or water, and properly cleaning cuts and wounds.