Bacterial skin infections are fairly common and can range in severity from mild to serious. Bacterial skin infections can take many different forms depending on type, location, symptoms, and even the age of the affected individual. Fortunately, in most cases, bacterial skin infections can be treated through a variety of topical treatments or oral antibiotics.
At the Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center of Wilmington, our team of board-certified dermatologists are highly-qualified and experienced in diagnosing and treating bacterial skin infections.
What is a Bacterial Skin Infection?
Bacterial skin infections are caused by harmful strains of bacteria that enter the body by penetrating the skin or through a break in the skin, such as a surgical incision, cut, wound, piercing, or insect bite.
A bacterial skin infection can occur anywhere on the body and range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Treatment for bacterial skin infections depends on the type of infection but most can be easily treated with antibiotics.
Bacterial Skin Infection Symptoms
There are many different symptoms and conditions associated with bacterial skin infections depending on the type of infection.
Common bacterial skin infection symptoms and skin conditions include:
- Redness and irritation
- Red lumps
- Skin that is tender and warm
- Enlargement of the lymph nodes
Overall, bacterial skin infections can cause a wide variety of signs and symptoms. Thus, it’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a thorough evaluation and professional diagnosis if you think you might have a bacterial skin infection.