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Cutaneous anthrax

  • Alternative Names

    Anthrax - skin


    Between 1 and 12 days after exposure, an itchy sore develops, similar to an insect bite. This sore may blister and form a black ulcer (sore), which is usually painless. It is usually surrounded by significant swelling. A scab often develops, and then dries and falls off within 2 weeks, although complete healing can take longer.

    Some patients also have painful lymph nodes, fever, headache, and a general ill-feeling (malaise).

    Signs and tests

    A culture of the skin lesions should be done to identify the bacteria that cause anthrax.