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This is a bacterial infection of the top layers of the skin and lymphatic drainage channels. It is usually caused by infection with group A streptococcus (also termed Streptococcus pyogenes) or Staphylococcus aureus.
Erysipelas appears as a bright red cellulitis with a raised edge and a typical "orange peel" appearance. A classic location is the face around the ear, but it can occur anywhere after a small break in the skin.
Treatment is oral or intravenous antibiotics, depending upon the severity.