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Infected Skin Erysipelas Evaluation
Testing is not necessary to make the diagnosis of erysipelas.
Tests that may be used to evaluate erysipelas include:
- Wound culture:
- If there is a break in the skin or discharge from a wound a culture may be performed to aid in the identification of the infecting bacteria.
- Blood cultures
- Complete blood count
- X-ray of the area:
- Useful if you think the infection may have spread to bone (osteomyelitis) or there may be a fracture.
- Antistreptolysin O titers
- Streptozyme level
- Anti-DNAse level
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PubMed Infected Skin Erysipelas References
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- Dupuy A, Benchikhi H, Roujeau JC, Bernard P, et al. Risk factors for erysipelas of the leg (cellulitis): case-control study. BMJ. 1999 Jun 12;318(7198):1591-4. 
- Roldan YB, Mata-Essayag S, Hartung C. Erysipelas and tinea pedis. Mycoses. 2000;43(5):181-3.