Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bacterial Skin Infection Erysipelas Underlying Cause

Erysipelas is caused by the following bacteria:

  • Group A Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus

Bacteria are normally on the surface of the skin. The skin acts as a barrier against infection by the bacteria. When the skin is injured, the bacteria can enter the skin and cause an infection.

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Last Updated: Jan 31, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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