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Is erysipelas contagious?

Cellulitis is the general term for bacterial skin infections, or bacterial infections that affect tissues just below the skin's surface. Cellulitis can be caused by a number of different types of bacteria. Erysipelas is a specific form of cellulitis, most often caused by streptococcal bacteria. Erysipelas causes a distinctive raised rash. Like other forms of cellulitis, it is not considered contagious since the bacteria has to enter the body through broken skin, such as a cut, insect bite, or a scratch.

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