Skin infections are common. Many doctors often diagnose common rashes as skin infections particularly fungal infections. Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them.
Some common types of skin infections are
Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies
Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause and the correct diagnosis. That is why it is essential to be seen by a doctor who is trained in dermatology. Some GPs have special interests in dermatology and may be able to help. Dermatologists are the experts in skin disease including infections.
Dr Tim Clayton can advise on whether further tests such as skin swabs, skin scrapings, skin biopsies or blood tests are needed.
The majority of skin infections are easy to treat.