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All You Need To Know About Skin Infections

Skin infections can be caused by a wide variety of pathogens like viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, and their symptoms can vary from minor to severe. Over-the-counter medications and home remedies may work for mild infections, but serious infections will likely require medical attention. You can browse through our blogs and articles to read about the types, causes, symptoms, treatment and preventive measures for a range of skin infections.

Types Of Skin Infections

There are four main types of skin infection:

#1: Bacterial Skin Infections

  • Cellulitis
  • Impetigo
  • Boils
  • Leprosy
 

#2: Viral Skin Infections

  • Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • Chickenpox
  • Molluscum Contagiosum
  • Warts
  • Measles
  • Hand, Foot, And Mouth Disease
 

#3: Fungal Skin Infections

  • Athlete's Foot
  • Yeast Infection
  • Ringworm
  • Nail Fungus
  • Oral Thrush
  • Diaper Rash
 

#4: Parasitic Skin Infections

  • Lice
  • Bedbugs
  • Scabies
  • Cutaneous Larva Migrans

Causes & Risk Factors For Skin Infections

The cause of a skin infection depends on the type of skin infection:

  • The risk of a bacterial skin infection increases when you have a weakened immune system and bacteria enter your body through a cut on your skin.
  • A viral skin infection can be a result of the poxvirus, human papillomavirus, and herpes virus.
  • Since fungi grow in warm, moist environments, you are more prone to fungal skin infections if you perspire a lot, or wear sweaty shoes and clothing.
  • A parasitic skin infection can be caused by tiny insects or organisms burrowing underneath your skin and laying eggs.
 

Symptoms Of Skin Infections

Symptoms could be mild or serious. A severe skin infection can spread beyond the skin and enter the blood stream which can have life-threatening consequences. See a dermatologist for prompt treatment if you notice any of these common signs of a skin infection like:

  • Red rashes
  • Itching, pain & tenderness
  • Pus
  • Blisters
  • Skin breakdown
  • Dark, discoloured skin
 

Treatment Of Skin Infections

Some skin infections can be highly contagious. If you observe any symptoms, visit a licensed dermatologist for the correct diagnosis, treatment, and preventive measures for your skin infection. A few types of viral skin infections may resolve on their own within days or weeks. Topical antibiotics, oral antibiotics or intravenous antibiotics are used to treat bacterial skin infections. Fungal skin infections can be treated with over-the-counter and prescription antifungal sprays and creams. You can apply medicated creams to your skin to treat parasitic skin infections. Your doctor may also recommend anti-inflammatory medication to reduce discomfort and itching.

We hope our comprehensive articles on skin infections and preventive skincare tips help you. Book a consultation with a dermatologist to determine the best treatment and care today.

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