Infections

Definition:

Bacteria, viruses, and fungi are the most common skin related infections. They can occur in the skin or manifest externally on the skin as a symptom of a systemic condition. They may appear locally (one area) or generalized (allover), with or without fever, and can have many various presentations from red scaly patches to thick bumps to generalized redness or painful blisters.

What Causes Infections:

Direct contact. These include: Bacterial: Cellulitis, Folliculitis, Abscesses

Fungal: Jock Itch, Athletes Foot, Tinea

Viral: Shingles, Herpes, Molluscum, Warts

Management Strategy:

Identifying the underlying cause, diagnosing the specific organism, then tailoring treatment to the patient.