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Skin Breakout Diagnosis in Salt Lake City and South Jordan

Bacteria isn’t such a bad word. It’s everywhere, and it is necessary for the healthy functioning of our skin and internal organs. However, there are different kinds of bacteria that can be problematic and cause infections such as impetigo and folliculitis. When on the skin, these kinds of bacteria can cause various issues that need to be treated by a well-practiced dermatologist. It’s important to visit your trusted dermatologist for an accurate skin breakout diagnosis. Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology in Salt Lake City and South Jordan offers fast and easy consultations so that you can bring your skin back to its ideal, glowing condition.

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Bacterial Infections Impetigo or Folliculitis

Some of the various bacterial infections of the skin include:

  • Folliculitis – Inflammation and infection of the hair follicles that causes red bumps that look like pimples
  • Cellulitis – Red, painful, and warm, cellulitis is frequently seen on the legs, although it can appear all over the body
  • Boils – Deep infections that begin in the hair follicles, these are hard, red, and large bumps that are filled with pus and blood
  • Impetigo – Sores with pus, impetigo is common in young children. There are two forms of impetigo, bullous and nonbullous

Are You Suffering from Folliculitis?

If you are experiencing breakouts in areas other than the face, chest, and upper back, it is likely that your condition is folliculitis. This is hair follicle inflammation and is often the result of a bacteria such as Staphylococcus (Staph). This is a very common condition and our professionals at our clinic will also discuss and recommend techniques to avoid future eruptions.

Folliculitis treatment: This skin condition usually resolves itself in a few weeks’ time. You can apply a warm compress to relieve itching or you may try a medicated shampoo to reduce the number of bacteria on the skin. However, if the condition doesn’t improve, you’ll need to visit your dermatologist at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology. Folliculitis responds well to treatment with both topical and oral antibiotics.

Are You Experiencing Impetigo?

Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin caused by Staphylococcus (Staph). It is very contagious and is often seen in children, as it is very common in daycare facilities and schools. Impetigo is often seen around the nose and mouth and can start with small blisters that progress to a honey-colored crust with surrounding redness. Here at Swinyer-Woseth Dermatology, we can provide treatments including topical and oral antibiotics.

Impetigo treatment: As impetigo is highly contagious, it is important to resolve the issue as soon as you notice it. Impetigo cannot be cared for at home, as it needs to be treated with topical and/or oral antibiotics. If it is your child who is infected, they can usually return to classes a day after they start treatment. At-home care will be essential and can be done by cleaning the sores, washing your hands after touching the sores, and avoiding scratching.

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