Erysipeloid is form of dermatitis that is caused by bacteria. It contracts by handling meat or fish infected with the bacterium. Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. It is caused by the microorganism Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae (insidiosa). Infection can occur only if the person has an abrasion or cut that allows entry of the bacteria. People at risk include farmers, butchers, abattoir workers, veterinary surgeons and cooks. Erysipeloid resembles erysipelas but tends to occur on the hands rather than the face. The hands generally appear red and swollen. This may be equally affected; however, the disease seems to affect more males than females because of occupational exposure. Erysipeloid can affect any age group. The infection of microorganism mostly occurs during the summer.
Erysipeloid can be turned dark red to purple lesions, it develops tiny blisters. Lesions may be warm and tender and cause pain or burning. A severe systemic form of erysipeloid may develop. This is where other organs are infected, such as the heart, brain, joints and lungs. Patients with systemic disease may experience symptoms such as chills, fever, headache, joint pain and weight loss. Skin lesions may or may not be apparent in patients with systemic erysipeloid. Erysipeloid can be treated with penicillin. Other drugs such as ciprofloxacin and cephalosporin are also used to reduce erysipeloid. Patients who affected with allergic from penicillin can be treated rifampicin and erythromycin. Other drug choices are tetracyclines or ciprofloxacin.
Erysipeloid Treatment and Prevention Tips
1. Erysipeloid can be treated with penicillin.
2. Rifampicin is also treatment of choice.
3. Tetracyclines is also reduce erysipeloid.
4. Ciprofloxacin used to reduce erysipeloid.
5. Cephalosporin antibiotics is reduce erysipeloid bacteria.