Skin Infections Treatment Clinic in Newington and Oxford CT
Treatments for skin infections are available today. To book an appointment with Dr. Lawrence Levine, MD, FACEP, at Priority Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic, contact us our office today or visit us online to book an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Ellington CT, Unionville CT, East Haven CT, Cromwell CT, Oxford, CT and Newington, CT.
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The skin, believe it or not, is the largest organ in the body. It protects your body from infection. There are times when the skin itself becomes infected. Germs can cause skin infections, and symptoms range from mild to serious. A mild infection may be treated with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, whereas a severe infection may require medical attention.
Different types of skin infections have different causes.
An infection caused by bacteria occurs when bacteria enter the body through a cut or scratch. If you have a weakened immune system, getting a cut or scratch increases your risk of developing a skin infection. An illness or medication side effect can cause a decreased immune system.
Most viral skin infections are caused by poxviruses, human papillomaviruses, and herpes viruses.
Various factors can increase the risk of fungal infections, including body chemistry and lifestyle. Runners or people who sweat a lot may experience multiple bouts of the athlete’s foot. Warm, moist environments are ideal for the growth of fungi. Skin infections can be caused by sweaty or wet clothes. It is possible for bacteria to get into the deeper layers of the skin through a break or cut in the skin.
Parasitic skin infections are caused by small insects burrowing under the surface of your skin and laying eggs.
Infections caused by bacteria often begin as small, red bumps that slowly grow larger. Some bacterial infections are mild and can be treated with topical antibiotics, but others require oral antibiotics. Bacterial skin infections include boils, cellulitis, impetigo, and Hansen’s disease.
Viruses cause viral skin infections. Infections of this type can range from mild to severe. Viral infections include chickenpox, shingles, measles, warts, Molluscum contagiosum, and hand, foot, and mouth disease.
Skin infections caused by fungi usually occur in damp areas of the body, such as the feet or armpits. There are some fungal infections that are not contagious, and they are usually not life-threatening. Fungal infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot, nail fungus, yeast infections, oral thrush, and diaper rash.
Parasites cause these types of skin infections. It is possible for these infections to spread beyond the skin to the bloodstream and organs. Infections caused by parasites are not life-threatening, but they can be uncomfortable. Parasitic skin infections include bedbugs, live, scabies, and cutaneous larva migrans.
Different types of skin infections cause various symptoms. A rash and redness of the skin are common symptoms. Other symptoms may include tenderness, pain, and itching.
You should see a doctor if you have pus-filled blisters or a skin infection that doesn’t improve or gets worse. It is possible for skin infections to spread into the bloodstream beyond the skin. The situation can become life-threatening if this occurs.
A skin infection’s treatment depends on its type and severity. There are some infections that will go away on their own. You may need to apply a cream or lotion to your skin when you need treatment. There are also medicines and procedures to drain pus as possible treatments.
Depending on the cause of a skin infection, the prognosis varies. The majority of bacterial infections respond well to medication. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria, such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), are more difficult to treat.
Signs of a severe infection include blisters, pus, skin sloughing, breakdown, necrotic-appearing skin, or skin that becomes painful and discolored. Treatment for skin infections is available at Priority Urgent Care and Walk-In Clinic with Dr. Lawrence Levine, MD, FACEP. We are here to help look after your medical needs, so reach out to us right away through our website to book your next appointment. We have convenient locations to serve you. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Ellington CT, Unionville CT, East Haven CT, Cromwell CT, Oxford, CT and Newington, CT, and BEYOND!
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