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    Erysipelas Outlook


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    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:

    • an abscess
    • blood clots
    • 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.

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