Erysipelas

  • Bacterial infection that affects the skin on the face and legs
  • Symptoms may include bright red rash, fever and chills
  • Caused by bacteria entering through a break in the skin such as a cut, scrape or insect bite
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in adults
  • May be mild to severe depending on degree of infection
  • May become life threatening in infants, elderly or those with a weakened immune system

FOR FEVER

  • Apply cool cloth to forehead or armpits
  • Drink plenty of fluids (especially water)
  • Avoid alcohol, tea and coffee as these drinks can cause slight dehydration
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen
    • Aspirin (Do not give to children or adolescents)

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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