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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. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Skin infection is a condition in which a person has a skin problem caused by infection with germs such as yeast, fungi, viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Oral medicines, IV medicines, and/or creams and gels can be used in the treatment of skin infections. Severe, life-threatening infections ...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

Dr. Katharine Cox
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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


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