Your skin is designed to protect you from infections and other problems. However, like any other part of your body, your skin is susceptible to illness, and may occasionally develop an infection or other problem.

Skin infections are most frequently the result of germs and bacteria. While many bacterial organisms are actually beneficial to our immune and digestive systems, there is still a wide range of bacterium that can cause skin infections to develop. In addition to bacteria, fungi and viruses can also cause skin infections to develop.

Bacterial skin infections usually begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. While some infections can be easily treated with topical antibiotics, others will require more intensive treatment, and you may need to take an oral antibiotic.

Viral skin infections range from mild to severe, and are, naturally, caused by a virus. Common viral infections include chickenpox, shingles, warts, and measles. Some types of infection will improve on their own within days or weeks, while others will require treatment from a doctor.

Fungal skin infections are caused by a fungus, and are more likely to develop in damp areas of the body, such as the feet or armpit. Fungal skin infections are not usually life-threatening or contagious. Common types of fungal infections include athlete’s foot, yeast infections, and diaper rash.

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To ensure you have received the most advantageous and beneficial skin care, be sure to call 760-773-6616, and our team will help you schedule a visit with our dermatologist, Dr. Michael J. Messina. We look forward to improving your health and confidence, and to providing you with information on how to treat skin infections in Palm Desert, California.