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Other Bacterial Skin Infections

What are some common types of bacterial skin infections?

The following are common bacterial skin infections:

Infection

Symptoms

Treatment

Erysipelas

A skin infection caused by hemolytic streptococci. This condition usually affects the face, legs, or rarely in an area where there has been trauma or the skin is cut. Typically, patients have a fever or flu-like symptoms. Symptoms may include:

  • Shiny, red, raised rash

  • Small blisters

  • Enlarged and tender lymph nodes

Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics

Erythrasma

A skin infection of the top layers of skin, more widespread in the tropics. This condition mainly affects adults and people with diabetes. This condition usually appears in areas on the body where skin touches skin, such as under the breast and in the groin area. Symptoms may include irregular pink patches that turn into brown scales.

Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics

The infection may return, requiring another treatment.

Impetigo

A skin infection, caused by a streptococcal or staphylococci infection. This is characterized by pus-filled blisters. Blisters can range in size from peas to large rings. There is often oozing of honey-colored liquid and yellowish scabs. Impetigo tends to occur on the face, arms, or legs. Impetigo is most common in children and very contagious. 

Immediate treatment may help prevent impetigo from infecting deeper layers of skin. Treatment often includes antibiotics.

Paronychia

A skin infection around a fingernail or toenail. This infection can be caused by a break in the skin due to a hangnail, manicuring, or other chronic irritation. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain

  • Pus-filled abscess

Treatment may include:

  • Hot compresses

  • Soaking in warm water

  • Cutting the abscess to drain the pus

  • Antibiotics

  • If caused by a fungus, an applications of antifungal cream or another antifungal medication

The symptoms of bacterial skin infections may resemble other skin conditions. Always consult your health care provider for a diagnosis.

Other Bacterial Skin Infections - WellSpan Health

Online Medical Reviewer: Berman, Kevin, MD, PhD
Online Medical Reviewer: Foster, Sara, RN, MPH
Last Review Date: 2015-04-27T00:00:00
Last Modified Date: 2015-05-09T00:00:00
Posting Date: 2008-11-30T00:00:00
Published Date: 2015-05-09T00:00:00
Last Review Date: 2007-03-30T00:00:00
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