What Is the Long-Term Outlook for Someone with Erysipelas?
For most people, antibiotics will successfully treat erysipelas within a week. However, it can take longer than a week for the skin to return to normal, and peeling may occur in the affected areas. People who have continued episodes of erysipelas may need long-term preventive antibiotic treatment.
Without treatment, you may be at risk for various complications, including:
gangrene, which refers to the death of body tissue
blood poisoning, which occurs when the infection spreads throughout your bloodstream
infected heart valves
joint and bone infections
It’s also possible for the infection to spread to your brain if you have erysipelas near your eyes.