Bacterial skin infections are a relatively common problem, but treatment is usually simple. If you notice symptoms like redness, itching, swelling or pain, our expert providers at West Sound Dermatology can make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe effective treatments.
Common Types of Bacterial Skin Infections
Patients may suffer from several common types of skin infections caused by bacteria. Examples include:
- Erysipelas (St. Anthony’s Fire)
- Bacterial folliculitis and “hot tub folliculitis)
- Furuncles (boils)
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
A majority of bacterial skin infections are caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. These bacteria can be introduced to the skin through injuries or breaks in the skin such as a scrape, burn or puncture. Some infections may be passed from person to person through direct contact or through contact with a contaminated object.
Common symptoms of bacterial skin infections include itching, pain, swelling, redness or rashes. Symptoms will vary depending on the type of infection. If you notice any of these issues, you should see a dermatology care provider for an accurate diagnosis and your best treatment options.
Treatments for Bacterial Skin Infections
Most bacterial infections are treated using topical antibiotics. In less common cases, your provider may also prescribe oral antibiotics. They may also recommend treatment options to help resolve symptoms such as itching, pain or inflammation as needed. This is not typically necessary.