Skin Infection Doctor Irving
Skin infections caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi are common and symptoms can vary from mild to serious. Bacteria are living organisms that are all around you. Many are harmless, but some can cause problems. Viruses are tiny particles that can only grow inside other living cells. Fungi are living organisms that feed of other living things. Mild infections may be treated with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, whereas other infections may require medical attention.
Types of skin infections:
- Bacterial. Bacterial skin infections often begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. Some are mild and can be easily treated with topical antibiotics, but other infections require oral antibiotics. These type infections include impetigo, boils, leprosy, cellulitis
- Viral. Viral skin infections are caused by a virus. These infections range from mile to severe. These types include measles, shingles, warts, chickenpox, hand/foot/mouth disease.
- Fungal. Fungal skin infections are caused by a fungus and are most likely to develop in damp areas of the body, such as feet or armpit. Some fungal infections aren’t contagious and are typically non-life threatening. These type include athlete’s foot, yeast infection, ringworm, diaper rash, and oral thrush.
- Parasitic. Parasitic skin infections are caused by a parasite. These type infections can spread beyond the skin to the bloodstream and organs. This type infection isn’t life threatening but can be uncomfortable. These include scabies, lice, and bedbugs.
Doctors can often identify the type of skin infection based on the appearance and location. He may ask about your symptoms and closely examine any bumps, rashes, or lesions. A good medical exam is the best way to determine the cause of your skin infection.
Treatment depends on the cause and the severity. Some types of viral skin infections may improve on their own. Bacterial infections are often treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics. If the strain of bacteria is resistant to treatment it may require IV antibiotics administered at the hospital. Fungal infections can normally be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams and sprays. Prescription creams may be needed if it doesn’t improve. Medicated creams also treat parasitic skin infections.
It is possible to prevent some skin disorders by frequently washing your hands, drink plenty of water, vaccinations, get plenty of rest, eat nutritiously, avoid direct contact with other people with an infection, and don’t share personal items, such as hair brushes, blankets, etc.
Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatments for your symptoms or condition.