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

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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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