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Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are
- Bacterial: Cellulitis, impetigo, folliculitis
- Viral: Shingles, warts, molluscum, and herpes simplex
- Fungal: Athlete’s foot and yeast infections
- Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies
Skin Infection Symptoms
Potential signs of a skin infection include:
- Redness and inflammation around an injury
- Pus coming from an injury
- A yellowish crust on a wound
- Increasing pain
- Increasing swelling
- Blister-like sores
Always be wary of the signs and symptoms of a skin infection. If you experience symptoms, schedule a consultation at The Ocean Clinic as soon as possible. Ignoring the early signs of a skin infection may result in a more severe infection, making treatment more difficult.
Diagnosing Skin Infections
Your dermatologist can help you diagnose and properly treat skin infections. During a consultation, you will tell your dermatologist about the symptoms you have been experiencing. Your dermatologist will then evaluate the skin of the affected area. A skin-cell sample may also need to be taken.
Once your skin infection has been diagnosed, your dermatologist will recommend the proper course of treatment. They will then walk you through the treatment process to ensure that you have a thorough understanding of it.
Skin Infection Treatment Options
The skin infection treatment recommended for you will depend on the type of infection you are experiencing. The severity of the infection also plays a role.
Fungal skin infections can be treated using antifungal creams, sprays, or gels. These are typically over-the-counter treatments, but prescription options are also available when required. Oral medications may also be required.
Parasitic skin infections can be treated using medicated creams to get rid of the parasites. Oral prescription or OTC medications may also be recommended.
Viral skin infections can be treated using antiviral treatments. When growths are present, these may be removed by the dermatologist.
Bacterial skin infections can be treated using oral or topic antibiotics. IV antibiotics may be necessary in certain cases.
Ways to Prevent Future Skin Infections
Preventing skin infections can go a long way towards keeping your skin healthy. This can also prevent contagious infections from spreading to others. To prevent future infections, follow these tips:
Wash and/or sanitize your hands whenever possible. When at home, wash your hands with soap and water before and after eating food and touching surfaces. When at work or on the go, use an alcohol-based sanitizer. This will prevent potentially harmful germs from coming into contact with your skin.
Disinfect surfaces at home and/or at work that frequently come into contact with other people’s hands. This ensures that even if you can’t wash your hands immediately after touching the surface, the surfaces are not contaminated and are unlikely to trigger any potential infections.
Dry yourself properly after washing your hands and/or bathing. Moisture is a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs, and keeping your skin moist for extended periods is never a good idea. If you live in a tropical environment where you tend to sweat a lot, use a dehumidifier to keep humidity levels in check.
Set Up Your Consultation
Arrange a consultation to diagnose your skin infection in Newport Beach – contact The Ocean Clinic to schedule an appointment with an experienced dermatologist. We will be happy to help you resolve your skin infection quickly and effectively.