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ICD-10 code: A26.0

Disease category: A26: Erysipeloid

Cutaneous erysipeloid, also known as "fish handler's disease," is a bacterial infection that is typically caused by the bacterium Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae. The infection is common among workers who handle fish, meat, and poultry, but it can also affect people who come into contact with contaminated soil or water.

The bacteria that cause cutaneous erysipeloid are present in the digestive tracts of many animals, including cows, pigs, and fish. People can contract the infection when they come into contact with contaminated animal products or through skin abrasions or cuts that come into contact with contaminated soil or water.

Symptoms of cutaneous erysipeloid include redness and swelling of the affected area, which may be accompanied by small, raised blisters or pustules. The infection may also cause pain and tenderness in the affected area, as well as a fever and swollen lymph nodes in some cases. In severe cases, the infection may spread to other parts of the body, leading to a more serious infection.

In addition to antibiotics, there are some measures that people can take to reduce their risk of contracting cutaneous erysipeloid. Workers who handle animal products should take precautions such as wearing protective gloves and clothing, and washing their hands and any equipment thoroughly after handling contaminated materials. People who come into contact with contaminated soil or water should also take precautions, such as wearing protective clothing and washing any cuts or abrasions thoroughly with soap and water.

In conclusion, cutaneous erysipeloid is a bacterial infection that is commonly contracted by people who handle animal products or come into contact with contaminated soil or water. While the infection can be uncomfortable and potentially serious, it is typically easy to treat with a course of antibiotics. By taking appropriate precautions, people can reduce their risk of contracting the infection and avoid the need for treatment altogether.

Treatment of Cutaneous erysipeloid:

The treatment of cutaneous erysipeloid involves the use of antibiotics to eliminate the bacteria causing the infection. The antibiotics of choice are penicillin, amoxicillin, or erythromycin. The duration of treatment may vary from 7 to 14 days depending on the severity of the infection.

In cases where the patient is allergic to penicillin, alternative antibiotics like tetracycline or cli...

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