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.

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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?

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...