Occurrence in United States
Isolated situations are rule with erysipelas, though epidemics previously have been reported.
Throughout mid-20th century, incidences of erysipelas decreased, possibly because of
antibiotic development, decreased virulence, and
improved sanitation. However, increasing
case of this condition was noted since late 1980s.
Change in distribution right from face to lower extremities is much likely associated to aging
population having risk factors like lymphedema. Nearly, 85 percent of erysipelas cases occur
on legs rather than on face.