• Definition

    Erysipelas is a type of skin infection (cellulitis).

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Erysipelas is usually caused by group A Streptococcus bacteria. The condition may affect both children and adults.

    Risk factors include:

    • A cut in the skin
    • Problems with drainage through the veins or lymph system
    • Skin sores (ulcers)

    In the past, the face was the most common site of infection. Now it accounts for only about 20% of cases. The legs are affected in up to 80% of cases.