Types of Infections
Before we discuss skin infection causes and treatment, it helps to first define its possible types.
The microorganism enters the body to use it as a host and to reproduce and colonize to create an infection. Infectious microscopic organisms are called pathogens. Some examples of pathogens can include:
If you get an infection from a virus, then you may have a viral infection. Researchers identified around 5,000 types of viruses, but there is a good chance that there could be millions.
An example of a viral skin infection is herpes. Herpes can create open sores, which are called ulcers, and can create blisters in the genital area.
A fungus is usually a multicellular parasite. It uses an enzyme to decompose and absorb most organic matter. Although, there are single-celled types, such as yeast.
Some fungal skin infections can include yeast infections, athlete’s foot, certain eye infections, ringworm, etc. A common sign that could signal a fungal skin infection is a rash.
Single-celled microorganisms called prokaryotes are bacteria. Most of the “good” bacteria can attack the “bad” bacteria to prevent sickness.
However, certain bacteria can still cause diseases, such as skin infections. Some examples can include folliculitis, cellulitis, furuncles, etc.