Erysipelas is a bacterial infection of the upper layer of the skin. It is usually caused by group A streptococcus.
The infection leads to large, raised, red spots on the skin. These are sometimes accompanied by other symptoms, such as blisters, fever and chills. Most often it affects the face and legs.
Because the infection can pose a serious health threat, it should always be treated with antibiotics. At the same time, cold compresses are used in the area of the rash and analgesics-antipyretics are used to relieve pain and fever.