Skin Infections

Types of skin infection include bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections.

  • Bacterial Skin Infections. Some of the most common types of bacterial skin infections include staph infections, cellulitis, impetigo and boils.
  • Fungal Skin Infections. Fungal skin infections of the skin are very common and include athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections.
  • Viral Skin Infections. Viral skin infections include fever blisters, molluscum contagiosum, shingles and chickenpox.

Treatment. If you have an infection, your doctor may prescribe medicine. What he gives you depends on the type of infection:

  • Bacterial: Antibiotics
  • Viral: Antivirals
  • Fungal: Antifungal creams, ointments, or powders

Any break in the skin can lead to a tetanus infection if your tetanus shot isn’t up to date. Check with your doctor to see if you need a booster.