Bacterial skin infections are relatively common and, in most cases, easily treated using antibiotics. At Silver Falls Dermatology, patients in Oregon and Washington can rely on our providers’ expertise in treating these common infections.
Types of Bacterial Skin Infections
There are several common types of bacterial skin infections which may present differently for each patient. Some examples include:
- Cellulitis, an infection of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue which causes swelling and redness
- Erysipelas, an infection of the top two layers of the skin more commonly referred to as St. Anthony’s Fire due to a burning sensation
- Bacterial folliculitis, or an infection of the hair follicles. When contracted through a pool or jacuzzi, this is commonly called “hot tub folliculitis”
- Furuncles, or boils, which are infections that form around the hair follicle. A close cluster of furuncles is called a carbuncle.
- Impetigo, an infection of the top layer of the skin (epidermis)
- Erythrasma, a superficial infection which causes well-defined patches of pink skin covered with wrinkling or scales followed by a red, brown and scaly rash
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) skin infections
What Causes Bacterial Skin Infections?
A majority of bacterial skin infections are caused by Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or Streptococcus pyogenes, which is the same bacteria responsible for strep throat. Bacterial infections often occur due to the introduction of bacteria to breaks in the skin caused by injuries (scrapes, punctures, burns etc.)
Treatment Options for Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections are typically treated using topical antibiotics. In some cases, your provider may also prescribe oral antibiotics.