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Table 2 Characteristic of 1142 episodes of erysipelas

From: Erysipelas, a large retrospective study of aetiology and clinical presentation

Site of infection  
 Leg 771 (68 %)
 Arm/hand 136 (12 %)
 Face 107 (9 %)
 Other 128 (11 %)
Previous erysipelas 397 (35 %)
Episodes with SIRS (≥2points) 444 (39 %)
CRP (mg/L), mean (range) 76 (<0.6–520)
Leukocyte count (X10^/L), mean (range) 10,6 (2–326)
Temperature C°, mean (range) 37, 3 (35.1–41)
Days of hospitalization, median (range) 5 (1–34)
Days of antibiotic treatment, median (range) 11 (1–29)
Outpatient treatment 567 (50 %)
Initial treatment with iv antibiotics 713 (62 %)
Definite treatment  
 Penicillin 569 (50 %)
 Antibiotic effective against S. aureus 461 (40 %)
 Allergy to penicillin 112 (10 %)