Skin infections are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that invade the skin and cause inflammation, redness, itching, and sometimes pain. Some common types of skin infections include:
Impetigo: A highly contagious bacterial infection that usually affects children and causes small red sores on the face, arms, and legs.
Cellulitis: A bacterial infection that affects the deeper layers of the skin and causes redness, swelling, and pain.
Fungal Infections: Caused by different types of fungi, such as ringworm, athlete’s foot, and yeast infections, and can affect various parts of the body, including the skin, nails, and scalp.
Viral Infections: caused by different types of viruses, such as herpes simplex virus (cold sores) and human papillomavirus (warts).
Parasitic Infections: Caused by different types of parasites, such as scabies and lice.
Treatment for skin infections may vary depending on the type and severity of the infection. Some treatments may include antibiotics, antifungal medications, antiviral medications, or topical creams or ointments. It’s important to see a doctor if you suspect you have a skin infection to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.