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How do I treat a bacterial skin infection?

How do I treat a bacterial skin infection?

See your Dr.: A bacterial infection will need to be evaluated by a physician and usually treated with antibiotics. ...Read more

Dr. Lynne Weixel
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What can I do to address a bacterial skin infection?

What can I do to address a bacterial skin infection?

See your doctor: You should see your doctor. You may need antibiotics. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get chronic bacterial skin infection?

Can you please tell me what I did wrong to get chronic bacterial skin infection?

Perhaps nothing: Difficult to know what you mean by bacterial skin infections, but if these are boils that some people call spider-bites they may be due to methicillin-resistant staph aureus. You do not necessarily have to do anything "wrong" to get these, but occasionally they can be produced by your coming in direct contact with lesions in another person. ...Read more

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What is bacterial skin infection and should I see a dermatologist for it?

Bacteria in the skin: Usually infection with bacterial of the skin is due to a break in the skin to allow bacteria to grow --- need to have evaluated by a physician to prevent spreading. ...Read more

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What are the tests for bacterial skin infection?

What are the tests for bacterial skin infection?

Culture: Usually the area of infection can be cultured to see what is growing and to help determine what antibiotic is best suited (sensitive) and to which ones the bacteria might be resistant. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of bacterial skin infection?

What are the symptoms of bacterial skin infection?

Depends on bug and: Location of infection. In general bacterial infections cause pus forming lesions, e.g., boils, cellulitis, skin abscess, infection of burns and other skin disease sites. Other lesions are impetigo, scalded skin, paronychia etc. Special cases include, anthrax, tuberculosis, entry lesions of plague and lyme disease; syphilis, and leprosy. ...Read more

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What is done to heal this bacterial skin infection?

What is done to heal this bacterial skin infection?

Consultation time: Proper treatment will require examination and likely prescription medication. Call your pcp and schedule a visit. ...Read more

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What is the best and effective medicine for bacterial skin infection? \

What is the best and effective medicine for bacterial skin infection? \

SULFA meds: Many skin infections today are caused by resistent staph
(mrsa). Sulfa is a good first line oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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People with chronic bacterial skin infection typically have what symptoms?

People with chronic bacterial skin infection typically have what symptoms?

Pus, swelling: There will be skin infection around hair follicles varying in size from pimple to large abscess. Typically this is caused by staph or strep. It requires antibiotics and recurrence rate can be decreased by antibacterial soap such as lever 2000, phisohex, phisoderm, hibicleans. S periodic baths with dilute clorox 1 cup per tub will decrease bacteria. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a bacterial skin infection that just doesn't have any pustules?

Yes.: If the area in question is red, firm, hot, and tender to the touch, infection is a possibility, whether pustules are present or not. Staph infections typically have pustules, but not necessarily; and strep (and some other) bacterial infections usually do not display pustules at all. ...Read more

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Is PAIN is the Mandatory Symptom of Bacterial skin Infection? Or also it can be reddish, warm and inflame skin but without pain?

No: Some minor & superficial bacterial skin infections would not trigger any pain. Not all reddish/warm skin is infected. Sometimes such a finding is a minor allergic response to contact allergen or insect bite. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for bacterial skin infection?

What are the treatments for bacterial skin infection?

Antibiotics: Depending on the severity, either topical or oral. ...Read more

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Does this rash of little blisters of whitish droplet sound like bacterial skin infection?

Little blisters: If the rash is on the hands or feet you have dyshidrotic eczema. Small fluid-filled blisters called vesicles appear on the fingers, hands, and feet. They are most common along the edges of the fingers, toes, palms, and soles. These blisters can cause intense itching and scaly patches of skin that flake constantly or become red, cracked, and painful. Rx prescription cortisone. ...Read more

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Any over-the-counter medicines I can avail for a bacterial skin infection? I seem to have developed tiny dry itchy spots that later LOOKS like a clot

Any over-the-counter medicines I can avail for a bacterial skin infection? I seem to have developed tiny dry itchy spots that later LOOKS like a clot

Skin Infections: There are not many products OTC. Bacitracin cream or ointment and Neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) or ointment come to min. Both should be available in generic versions. ...Read more

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I have a bacterial skin infection on my chin & mouth area, also spread in some areas of neck nd chest. Is it normal for it to itch after applying the?

I have a bacterial skin infection on my chin & mouth area, also spread in some areas of neck nd chest. Is it normal for it to itch after applying the?

Yes: Itch associated with the topical infection is a common symptom. Continue to apply the medication as directed by the physician. This will improve when the infection starts to improve. You could ask your doctor if an oral antihistamine is safe to help with the itchy skin and ask exactly which is safe. Don't just buy one and start treating yourself. ...Read more

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Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Hello.: Hello. There are a number of bacterial skin infections that can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Some can be transmitted by touching contaminated clothing. ...Read more

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Mother of my baby has chronic bacterial skin infection. What does this mean for future?

Check the Nose: Sometimes people who have chronic skin infections carry the bacteria in their nose. There are ways to treat this that can significantly reduce the occurrence of this problem. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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It could be possible that a bacterial skin infection on the outer ear form as a result of repetitive friction?

It could be possible that a bacterial skin infection on the outer ear form as a result of repetitive friction?

Depends: If that repetitive friction creates any break in the skin there is a chance germs can invade that break. The skin is a good basic barrier to infection and sometimes just thickens with friction, like the thick skin of the soles of your feet. Friction in other areas can wear down the protection & lead to breaks in that protection. You must have a source of germs ready to invade for infection to occur. ...Read more

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Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Crust: Wound infections with strep are more likely to crust. It is often described as having a honey comb appearance. Staph blisters and then drains. Other organisms cause abscesses. So no, not always. All the best. ...Read more

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What is a skin infection caused by bacteria?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a way of describing a skin infection which is red and streaking up the skin from the wound, bite or or nidus of infection. ...Read more

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Are there any at home treatments for skin infection or bacteria infection on my finger?

Finger infections: Please see your doctor right away. There are no home treatments for bacterial infections. They need to be cultured and to be treated with antibiotics to be taken by mouth. Untreated bacterial infections of fingers can easily spread upward to infect the arm and the rest of the body. ...Read more

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Out of this pathogen (i)Bacteria or (ii)Fungus or (iii)Viral. Which Skin Infection shows Abnormal WBC in Blood.?

Out of this pathogen (i)Bacteria or (ii)Fungus or (iii)Viral. Which Skin Infection shows Abnormal WBC in Blood.?

All of them: All of these pathogens can cause abnormal WBCs.
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Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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Why are bacterial skin infections so hard to kill?

Skin is thick: Because antibiotics don't always reach the skin well. However, abx actually do cure the very very large majority of skin infections. ...Read more

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What common bacteria or fungus are responsible for skin infections in the armpit?

Common skin: Bacterial (staph aureeus) and fungal (candidiasis) Certainly bacterial or fungal infection on the hands can spread to other parts of the body. ...Read more

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Had this skin infection on the outer area of my eye for a long time now. What do I do?

Blepharitis: What you describes sounds like blepharitis. Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of eyelids in which the oil glands in the lids get clogged. Treatment includes warm compresses and lid scrubs, antibiotics, and sometimes steroid ointment. Artificial tears containing lipid component can also be helpful. Some blephatritis is caused by demodex and lid scrubs containing tea-tree oil can be of benef. ...Read more

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How long can until I see effect of terbinafine 250 mg QD for a skin infection on my face that started 11 months ago? Doxyc. Helped, but didn't resolve

Terbinafine: Has your skin infection been proven to be caused by a fungus? Terbinafine is a medication to treat fungal infections. Doxcy combats bacterial infections and may be used in acne cases. If not enough improvement has been made after 11 months of treatment, it may be time to consult a dermatologist for a second opinion. ...Read more

Dr. Henry Bloom
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Bacterial Skin Infection (Definition)

Impetigo is a condition in which a person has a rash that is reddened and has some oozing which forms a golden drying crust on top. The rash is a bacterial infection, and it is contagious from ...Read more


Bacteria (Definition)

Are omnipresent single celled organisms which are the both the simplest form of life and the original form of life on earth. The are ...Read more