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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 Herpes zoster: A rash demanding careful evaluation
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care 
May 2014

 Herpes zoster (shingles)
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
May 2014 


 CLINICAL FEATURE: Bedbugs: What Nurses Need to Know
AJN, American Journal of Nursing
October 2013


 Dermatology Dilemmas: Herpes zoster in older adults
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
August 2013

 Uncovering common bacterial skin infections
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
March 2013

 Clinical Case Report: Leprosy: When to raise suspicion
The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care
February 2013

 Periocular Lesions, Part One: Inflammatory Lesions—Hordeola and Chalazia
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
January/February 2013

 Wound Wise: Flora gone wild! Superficial candidal infections
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
February 2013

Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
January/February 2012

 Cutaneous Cryptococcosis
Journal of the Dermatology Nurses' Association
July/August 2010 

Research to Practice: Are Antibiotics Indicated for Pediatric Skin Abscesses?
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
October/December 2010 

WOUND & SKIN CARE: Managing cellulitis and impetigo
Nursing2008
September 2008 

COMBATING INFECTION: Fighting fungal infections: Stopping tinea in its tracks
Nursing2008
July 2008 

MRSA broadens its reach
Nursing2008 Critical Care
January 2008 

 Wound Wise: Stop the fungus among us
Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!
May/June 2007


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