This is a form of acute streptococcal cellulitis confined to the skin and having a slightly raised red area with a well-demarcated advancing border. There are many types, depending on associated symptoms and the presence of pustules or vesicles. The condition may be very aggressive and spread rapidly or persist over a period of time. Diagnosis is made by a GP.
When a diagnosis of erysipelas is made, treatment should depend upon the speed of spread. If fast and aggressive, then antibiotics must be considered.
A slow or persistent area of erysipelas may be treated constitutionally by a complementary medical practitioner.