Information About Skin Infection

(also known as cellulitis, lymphangitis, skin abscess)

Inflammation of the skin, usually caused by bacteria. Fungi, viruses and parasites may also cause skin infections. The skin acts as a barrier that protects the body from infection. If the surface of the skin is injured, organisms may enter the skin and start to grow. Common skin infections include cellulitis, lymphangitis, and skin abscess.

What are skin infections?
A person with a skin infection has inflammation of the skin, usually caused by bacteria. Fungi, viruses and parasites may also cause skin infections. The skin acts as a barrier that protects the body from infection. If the surface of the skin is injured, organisms may enter the skin and start to grow. Common skin infections include cellulitis, lymphangitis, and skin abscess.

What are the symptoms of skin infections?
Symptoms of skin infections include skin redness, pain, swelling, tenderness and warmth. Additional symptoms of skin infections may include fever, pus draining from the skin, or swollen glands.

How does the doctor treat skin infections?
Treatment for skin infections may include rest, elevation of the infected area, warm compresses, antibiotics, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. Surgery may be required to remove infected tissue or a skin foreign body. 



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