Clinical Dermatology

Bacterial & Fungal Infection Treatment

Skin is designed with imperfect resistance to infection by bacteria and fungi. As with all things in dermatology, the key to overcoming the infections that do occur is customized treatment based on accurate diagnosis.

Bacterial & Fungal Infection Treatment

Skin is the body’s main environmental barrier, delineating ‘inside’ from ‘outside’. Skin is the front line defense against all types of germs – bacteria and fungi in particular.

Skin is the front line defense against all types of germs – bacteria and fungi in particular. - American Academy of Dermatology

Bacterial infections of the skin include cellulitis, impetigo, bacterial folliculitis, and various Staph infections including MRSA. Cellulitis refers to bacterial infection of deeper skin tissue while impetigo defines a crusty oozing infection of the skin surface. Bacterial folliculitis occurs around hair follicles and looks similar to acne. MRSA is a form of Staph bacteria infection that may require special antibiotic therapy. Bacterial infections of the skin respond readily to proper evaluation and treatment. Bacterial culture and sensitivity testing help guide suggestions for bacterial infection treatment.

Fungal skin infections are common in adolescents and adults. Dermatophyte fungus infects hair, skin, and nails and is most commonly found on feet and in the groin. These fungal infections typically respond well to oral or topical antifungal medicines. Antifungal medicines are generally safe and effective. Some fungal infections require oral medication, especially if the hair or nails are involved. Yeast and yeast-like organisms may also cause skin disorders. Yeasts are opportunistic and tend to colonize moist skin with just the right microenvironment. Tinea versicolor is caused by a yeast-like organism that tends to involve the upper torso of athletic individuals, resulting in off-color velvety patches. Intertrigo is another common yeast condition that occurs in moist thick skin folds when air drying is impaired. Yeast related skin conditions respond well to tailored anti-yeast therapy.

Bacterial and fungal skin infections are usually easy to diagnose and treat, except when they aren’t. Redding Derm treats skin infections every day. Our familiarity with management of bacterial and fungal skin infections helps promote quick, accurate diagnoses and effective customized treatment suggestions.