An acute, sometimes recurrent disease caused by a bacterial infection, characterized by large raised red patches on the skin.
This is caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, a Gram-positive coccus
- ‘Common skin infections include cellulitis, erysipelas, impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles and carbuncles.’
- ‘It was this analogy that drove him on to study cholera, anthrax, erysipelas and finally rabies, culminating in the development of the rabies vaccine.’
- ‘Billroth, a German surgeon, is credited with first identifying, in 1874, streptococci isolated from a patient with erysipelas, which was a very common disease in that time, but rare today.’
- ‘The incidence of erysipelas is rising, especially in young children, the elderly, persons with diabetes, alcoholic persons, and patients with compromised immune systems or lymphedema.’
- ‘He had developed erysipelas at the site of a mosquito bite, which resulted in septicaemia and pneumonia.’
Late Middle English via Latin from Greek erusipelas; perhaps related to eruthros ‘red’ and pella ‘skin’.