Common Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections are some of the most common skin problems that dermatologists encounter, and folliculitis, impetigo, and cellulitis are the most common types of bacterial skin infections. If you think that you may be suffering from a bacterial skin infection, contact your Salt Lake City dermatologist to find out what you should do to eliminate the infection. You can also check out the overview below to find out more about these skin infections and their treatment.
Folliculitis is a type of bacterial infection that causes inflammation around a hair follicle. This type of infection may be caused by different types of bacteria, including Staphylococcus. The most common symptom of folliculitis is small red bumps on the skin. Folliculitis can be treated with either topical or oral antibiotics.
If you notice sores or blisters on your skin, you may be suffering from impetigo. This superficial skin infection is often caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. It is very common among young children in daycare or school settings, as it is highly contagious and is spread through skin contact. Treating impetigo with antibiotics can shorten the duration of the infection and help stop it from spreading to others.
Cellulitis is a type of infection that can affect the skin and the layers of tissue beneath the skin. This bacterial skin infection is not contagious and is often caused by Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacteria. Cellulitis causes swelling, tenderness, and redness in the area of the infection, and may also cause a fever. It should be treated promptly with antibiotics.
At Swinyer – Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City, our skincare professionals can diagnose and treat a variety of skin problems, including bacterial infections. We also provide cosmetic services like Botox, laser hair removal, and skin peels. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today at 801-266-8841.