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Clinical features

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There is an incubation period of one to four days. Clinical features include:

  • fever, tachycardia, chills, malaise
  • the infected area is red, hot, and tender e.g. red shiny plaque on face
  • local oedema which produces a raised border that is clinically diagnostic
  • the cellulitis spreads rapidly to involve uninfected skin
  • careful examination may reveal an abrasion through which the streptococcus organism gained entry
  • an incision within the infected area exudes a thin pus

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