Skin infection happens when viruses, parasites, fungi, or germs such as bacteria enter into the skin and spread. The function of the skin is to protect the body from any of the foreign particles that cause infection. Due to this, the skin itself becomes infected and can have mild to severe symptoms. Mild and moderate infections can be treated with over the counter medications whereas severe infections may require medical care.
Following are different types of skin infections:
Bacterial skin infections: cause red bumps and gradually increase in size.
Viral skin infections: caused by a virus can range from mild to severe.
Fungal skin infections: mostly seen in armpit or feet areas of the body. Some of the fungal skin infections are not contagious.
Parasitic skin infections: can spread into the bloodstream and organs.
Some of the common signs and symptoms of skin infections are:
Skin infections can spread into the bloodstream and may become a life-threatening condition. Few of the signs of severe skin infection include:
Dermatologists can treat skin infections. They will examine the infected area and can plan appropriate treatment. Based on the type of skin infection, the treatment course can be modified by the Dermatologist.
A selective way to determine the cause of skin infection is a medical examination. Usually, Dermatologists can evaluate the type of skin infection based on location and appearance.