Clinical Update: Skin Infections

Common skin infections can be classified according to whether they are caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi.
  • Bacterial skin infections
    • impetigo
    • folliculitis, furunculosis, and carbunculosis
    • ecthyma
    • cellulitis
    • necrotizing fasciitis
  • Viral skin infections
    • herpes simplex
    • herpes zoster
    • warts
    • molluscum contagiosum
  • Fungal skin infections
    • dermatophytosis
    • candidiasis
Minor trauma, preexisting skin disease, poor hygiene, and impaired immunity are all predisposing factors to skin infection. Treatment must be determined based on the underlying cause.

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