Skin Infections: Bacterial, Fungal and Viral
As the body’s largest organ, your skin is typically an effective barrier to infection. At times, however, the skin may be host to a number of rashes and other conditions that occur due to the presence of bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Bacterial skin infections: While bacteria are normally present on the skin, they are typically harmless. However, any break in the skin may increase your risk of a bacterial infection. The most common types of bacteria that cause skin infections are Staphylococcus (staph infection) and Streptococcus (strep infection).
Fungal skin infections: Fungi are typically found in warm, moist areas of the body with skin-to-skin contact, such as between the toes and under toenails, in the genital area, under the breasts, and between skin folds in obese people. Fungal skin infections are most commonly caused by yeasts or dermatophytes (a group of fungi that invade and grow in dead keratin, a protein found in the outer layer of skin as well as hair and nails).
Viral skin infections: Viruses that cause skin infections most often enter the body through a break in the skin or from direct contact with another infected person. The most common types of viruses that cause skin infections are herpes simplex, herpes zoster, human papillomavirus (HPV), and poxvirus.
The providers at Water’s Edge Dermatology are experts at diagnosing and treating all types of skin infections. Explore the links below to learn about some of the most common ones.
Bacterial Skin Infections
Fungal Skin Infections
Viral Skin Infections
If you think you may have a bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infection, contact Water’s Edge Dermatology for an appointment with one of our practitioners. Our dermatologists can diagnose your skin disorder and recommend treatment options. We have locations throughout Central and South Florida. Find the location nearest you and call today or request an appointment online.
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