Bacteria live all around us. They can be found in the soil, water, and even inside our bodies. While there are many good types of bacteria, there are also some that can cause infections. Skin Dermatology can help diagnose a bacterial infection and provide treatment.
When certain bacteria enter our body, they can create bacterial infections. It is important to seek treatment for bacterial infections quickly to stop the growth of the bacteria and kill the present bacteria.
What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Infections?
The symptoms can vary depending on the type of infection, location, and person to person. Below are some of the most common symptoms of bacterial infections:
- Boils or abscesses
Types of Bacterial Infections in the Skin
There are bacterial infections that can infect all different areas of the body. Below are some common skin-related bacterial infections.
Cellulitis is a common bacterial infection. It causes the skin to get red and swollen. Cellulitis can be painful, and affected skin will often feel tender and hot to the touch. While it is treatable, it can become serious. Cellulitis spreads quickly, and if left untreated for too long, the bacteria can spread to the bloodstream and lymph nodes. It can affect any area of the skin but is regularly found in the lower legs.
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial infection. It can occur in people of any age but commonly affects children. The bacteria enter from a break in the skin. This can be from a cut, insect bite, or scratch. Impetigo creates red sores throughout the skin, which then form into blisters and bursts. After this, a yellow crust can form. The sore may also be itchy or painful, but the symptoms can vary.
Treatment for Bacterial Infections
Many bacterial infections require oral antibiotics. For some less severe cases, there may be the option of topical antibiotic cream or ointments. The healing process with antibiotics usually takes between one and two weeks.
Meet Dr. Alissa Lamoureux
Dr. Alissa Lamoureux is the founder of Skin Dermatology. She is a board-certified medical dermatologist who is passionate about helping people with their skin. She attended the University of New England and went on to complete two residencies in Florida. During her residency, she earned the titles of chief resident, resident of the year, and resident teacher of the year. Dr. Lamoureux can diagnose and treat bacterial infections in people of all ages. Contact Skin Dermatology to schedule your appointment.