Chronic recurrent erysipelas
If there is a delay in getting antibiotics to fight erysipelas, the natural sweeteners xylitol and erythritol can act as topical antibiotics to kill streptococci as it will feed on these sugar alcohols but cannot metabolize them, and the streptococci will thereby be unable to replicate. Saunas can kill streptococci through induced fever, though saunas and locker rooms can harbor strep and other infectious microbes. Eating less bread and sugar can inhibit recurrence.
- Koster JB, Kullberg BJ, van der Meer JW (March 2007). "Recurrent erysipelas despite antibiotic prophylaxis: an analysis from case studies". The Netherlands Journal of Medicine 65 (3): 89–94. PMID 17387234.
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