Photograph contributed by Robert Aylesworth, M.D.
Cutaneous anthrax usually begins as a small, raised bump that might itch. Within 1 to 2 days, the bump develops into a painless, fluid-filled blister about 1 cm (0.4 in.) to 3 cm (1.2 in.) in diameter. Within 7 to 10 days, the blister has a black center of dying tissue—called an eschar—surrounded by redness and swelling.
Last Revised: June 14, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Christine Hahn, MD - Epidemiology
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