Understanding Different Types Of Skin Infections 


We all know that the skin is the largest organ of our body and protects our body from microbes and infections. However, at times, the skin itself can get infected. These skin infections can be caused by different germs and the symptoms of these infections can vary from mild to severe. Skincare experts in affordable health clinics claim that mild forms of skin infections can be treated using OTC medications, whereas severe infections will need medical attention. Read ahead to understand more about different types of skin infections and what you should do if you are suffering from one. 

Types Of Skin Infections 

There are different types of skin infections and they can be classified into four major groups. They are: 

Viral Skin Infections 

As the name suggests, these skin infections are caused by viruses and can range from mild to severe ones. Various types of viral skin infections are measles, chickenpox, warts, etc. 

Bacterial Skin Infections 

These infections usually begin as small, red skin bumps. Some bacterial infections are mild and easily treatable. But there are others that will need oral antibiotics. Boils, cellulitis, and impetigo are some examples of bacterial skin infections.

Fungal Skin Infections 

Fungal infections usually occur in moist areas of the body like the armpits or feet. Some types of fungal infections are not contagious and are not life-threatening. Various types of fungal infections are nail fungus, diaper rash, athlete’s foot, ringworm, oral thrush, and yeast infection. 

Parasitic Skin Infections 

These are skin infections caused by a parasite. These types of infections are not life-threatening but can cause much discomfort to the person. Some of the various types of parasitic skin infections are scabies, lice, cutaneous larva migrans, and bedbugs. 

These are some of the most common types of skin infections. A medical exam is one of the most effective ways to find the cause of a skin infection. If you suffer from a skin condition, make an appointment with your doctor. If you are a female and suffer from a skin infection, you can visit a free womens clinic in your area to get yourself diagnosed. Your doctor can examine any rashes, lesions, or bumps and can inquire about the symptoms to identify the type of skin infection that you are suffering from. In some cases, skin cell samples are used to find out the type of infection.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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