What are the signs of skin infection?
Redness of the skin and a rash are common symptoms, but you may also feel other signs like itchiness, soreness, and tenderness. The symptoms of a skin infection might vary depending on the type.
Consult a physician if you have pus-filled blisters or a skin infection that doesn’t go away. If it worsens, consult a doctor as skin infections have the potential to enter the bloodstream and become life-threatening.
Serious infection symptoms include:
- Pus: After the initial discharge of a bit of pus and blood, your wound should be clear.
- Blisters: Blood blisters may look red or black and are filled with blood instead of clear fluid. An infected blister can be hot and filled with green or yellow pus. The surrounding skin may look red, but this can be hard to see on darker skin tones.
- Skin that seems black, necrotic, or that turns discolored and hurts
How are infections of the skin treated?
There are several ways to treat viruses. Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and the severity. Some types of viral skin infections may improve on their own within days or weeks. Infections caused by bacteria are typically treated with antibiotics, though some bacteria may have developed resistance to drugs and are harder to kill.
If the bacterium strain is resistant to treatment, treating the infection may require intravenous antibiotics provided in a hospital. Bacterial infections are frequently treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics.
You can treat a fungal skin infection with over-the-counter antifungal sprays and creams. If your condition doesn’t get better, talk to your doctor about prescription oral or topical creams. You can also apply medicated creams to your skin to treat parasitic skin infections. Your doctor may also suggest taking painkillers like anti-inflammatory drugs.
Skin infections are a common childhood condition. Bacteria, fungus, viruses, and yeast can all cause skin infections. Treatment will depend on the cause of the skin infection and severity. Discuss with your doctor the best treatment plan for your skin condition.
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