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Common Skin Infections

  • Impetigo- is a highly contagious bacterial infection that usually affects infants and young children, however, can also be seen in adults. Impetigo can appear as yellowish crusts and blisters.  Commonly seen on the face, but can also occur on arms and legs. Can be treated with topical and oral therapy depending on the severity of the infection.
  • Molluscum Contagiosum - is a highly contagious viral infection that affects mostly young children, but can also be seen in adults.  They show up as small raised pink bumps with a dimple in the center.  Molluscum can resolve on their own, but with a weakened immune system may require medical intervention. 
  • Folliculitis - is a common benign skin infection involving the hair follicles.  Can appear as small pinpoint red bumps over the follicles.  Topical over the counter therapy with benzoyl peroxide can help.  More severe cases may need treatment with topical or oral antibiotics.
  • Fungal nail infection - also known as onychomycosis is an infection of the toenails.  The nails will appear thickened and discolored.  Treatment includes topical medications and oral medications depending on severity of the infection.
  • Fungal skin infection - there are different types of fungal infections of the skin
  • Tinea versicolor - can appear as scaly discolored patches on the trunk, shoulders, or the back.  Most commonly occurs in warm and humid weather.  Can be treated with antifungal creams and oral therapy depending on the severity. 
  • Tinea cruris (ringworm) - often times referred to as “jock itch” can be very itchy and sometimes painful.  Can be treated with antifungals.
  • Tinea capitis - is a fungal infection that involves the scalp and can sometimes cause hair loss.  
  • Tinea pedis (athlete’s feet) - fungal infection that involves the webspaces of the toes and soles of the feet.  Commonly treated with over the counter antifungal creams and may also be treated with oral therapy if needed.
  • Cellulitis - is an infection of the skin and can cause redness, swelling, and pain.  Cellulitis is treated with oral antibiotics, but in severe cases it may be treated with IV antibiotics.
  • Herpes (Cold sore) - Is a contagious viral infection that appears as a painful red bump on the lip.  It can be treated with topical and oral antiviral medications.
  • Scabies - is an infestation of a mite that can burrow into the skin and cause a rash all over the body.  Can appear as small itchy bumps.  Can be treated with topical and oral medications depending on severity.
  • Shingles - is reactivation of the chickenpox virus.  It can be characterized by a painful rash along one side of the body.  If treated early with oral medications, symptoms can be minimized.
  • Intertrigo - can be due to viral, bacterial, or fungal infections.  Usually occur in warm and  moist areas of the body such as in the armpits, under the breasts, inner thighs, groin, and the underside of the abdomen.  Can be treated with topical medications as well as oral depending on the severity of the condition.