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Infections of the Skin in General

Skin infections consist of many different possibilities. One can have a bacterial infection (including MRSA), or a viral infection (like herpes, chickenpox, or shingles), or a fungal infection (like ringworm, yeast infection under the breasts, or athletes foot) or any number of unusual infection ranging from parasites to atypical mycobacteria (sometimes get it if one has an aquarium hobby), or Tuberculosis of the skin all the way to Hansen’s Disease (leprosy).

It is important to consider the possibility of a skin infection sooner rather than later so that it can be treated as soon as possible. There is no doubt that earlier treatment will lead to better results, less scarring, etc.impetigo

You should CONSIDER that you might have a skin Infection if you have any of the following:

  • Reddened or tender area of the skin
  • Scaling patches or plaques on the skin
  • Rash in the groin, armpits or feet
  • Oozing or blistering skin areas
  • Honey colored pimple like lesions or sores with crusting
  • Ring like rash in any area


The common bacterial infections of the skin are usually staphylococcal or streptococcal infections. They may appear as boils, carbuncles, abscess, infected cysts, pimples, painful nodules or honey colored crusted bumps. Today MRSA is common so most dermatologists commonly test for this skin infection in the right clinical circumstance.


The common fungal infections are athlete’s foot and ringworm. Athletes foot (tinea pedis) or fungal infections of the hands are usually red scaly areas of the affected areas. The spaces between the toes are commonly affected. Yeast infections are common in Florida, particularly under the breasts or under an overhanging abdomen or even the armpits. All of these problems can be diagnosed and treated at Martin Dermatology.

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