Skin infections can be caused by invasion of skin by bacteria, fungi, virus or parasites. Among the many symptoms they can produce are- redness, pain, boils, swelling, itching, changes in skin surface etc. There can be other bodily symptoms like fever, malaise etc. A skin infection may be mild or serious.

Some skin infections cover a small area on the top of your skin. Other infections can go deep into your skin or spread to a larger area.

Broadly, there can be four types of skin infection:

  • Bacterial
  • Viral
  • Fungal
  • Parasitic

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are skin infections? What causes them?
Skin infection is a general term which indicates invasion of skin by various pathogens like Bacteria, Fungi, Virus, Protozoa or Mites. • Bacteria cause cellulitis, impetigo, staphylococcal (staph) infections etc • Viruses can cause shingles, molluscum, warts, herpes etc • Fungi cause athlete's foot, ring worm, tinea versicolor, yeast infections • Parasites include body lice, head lice, and scabies.
Who is at risk for skin infections?
Skin infections can occur in anyone but certain individuals are relatively at higher risk of acquiring skin infections.
• People having diabetes, which is not under strict control
• Have an immune system disease, such as HIV/AIDS and old, debilitated people
• Have a weakened immune system because of chemotherapy or other medicines that suppress immune system
• Bed ridden patients
• Have excessive skinfolds, which can happen after obesity
What are the symptoms of skin infections?
The symptoms depend on the type of infection. Some symptoms that are common to many skin infections include rashes, swelling, redness, pain, and itching. Bacterial infections can result in pus also.
How are skin infections diagnosed?
Diagnosis is usually done by clinical signs and symptoms. If you feel that you have a skin infection, its better to consult a Dermatologist, rather than self-treatment, as it can progress further if left untreated.
How are skin infections treated?
The treatment depends on the type of infection and how serious it is. Bacterial infections need to be treated by oral and topical antibiotics. Fungal infections need oral and topical antifungals. Supportive treatment is given according to the associated signs and symptoms.


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