Pediatrics & Family Medicine located in Texas City, TX & Pasadena, TX
If your skin is itchy, red, painful, or pus-filled, you may have a skin infection. Don’t wait for it to get worse or until you spread it to someone else. Come into NAG Clinics, with a location in Texas City, Texas, to get your skin infection diagnosed and treated. With lab testing facilities on-site, NAG Clinics can figure out what’s bothering you and send you on your way with medication the same day you visit. Book an appointment today over the phone or using the online booking tool.
Skin Infection Q & A
What qualifies as a skin infection?
Skin infections qualify as any skin condition caused by bacteria, a virus, a parasite, or fungus.
Bacterial skin infections
Bacterial skin infections are caused by bacteria that most likely entered the body through a scratch or cut. They usually start off as little red bumps, and grow slowly in size. Examples of bacterial skin infections include:
- Viral skin infections
Viral skin infections are diverse and range drastically in their seriousness. Usually, they spread via skin-to-skin contact. Examples of common viral skin infections include:
- Shingles (herpes zoster)
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease
- Parasitic skin infections
Parasitic skin infections are caused by parasites that raid the surface of the skin, and sometimes make it into the bloodstream. Skin infections can come from the following conditions and parasites:
- Fungal skin infections
Fungal skin infections are non-life-threatening infections that develop and flourish in damp areas of the body, such as covered feet and underarms. They may or may not be contagious. Examples of common fungal skin infections in children and adults include:
- Diaper rash
- Athlete’s foot
- Oral thrush
- Yeast infection
- Nail fungus
What are the symptoms of a skin infection?
Every skin infection presents its own unique set of symptoms. However, in general, if you notice any of the following on your skin or your child’s skin, you may be dealing with an infection:
- Red, itchy bumps or rash
- Warmth and tenderness at the site
- Peeling skin
- Dark or discolored and painful skin (necrosis)
How will my doctor treat my skin infection?
How your doctor treats your skin infection depends on the type of infection, the severity of the infection, and your medical history. Bacterial infections, for example, usually clear up with the help of oral antibiotics. Fungal infections, on the other hand, require over-the-counter fungal cream, over-the-counter fungal spray, or prescription topical ointment.
At home, you can often treat your symptoms using an over-the-counter antihistamine to reduce itching, medications like ibuprofen to ease the pain, or the application of cold compresses to reduce swelling. Make sure that you’re taking all medications as directed.
If you or your child are suffering from what you suspect is a skin infection, come into NAG Clinics to ease your discomfort right away. To schedule an appointment, call or using the online booking tool day. If your condition is severe, you can also walk in for an urgent care visit.