Bacterial Skin Infections

Do you have a troublesome skin rash you think might be caused by a bacterial skin infection? A fairly common occurrence, bacterial skin infections can manifest in many different forms, range in mild to severe, and affect anyone of any age. 

 

At Brentwood Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists are experienced in diagnosing and treating bacterial skin infections to help our patients find relief. Learn more about bacterial skin infections by reading our guide below, or get in touch with us if you have any further questions!

What are Bacterial Skin Infections?

 

Bacterial skin infections encompass a wide range of skin conditions caused by harmful strains of bacteria. This bacteria most often enters the skin through a break, such as a cut, scratch, wound, surgical incision, piercing, insect bite, or even a pimple. 

 

Once the bacteria has penetrated the skin, various skin conditions can occur, including hives, a rash, redness and irritation, boils, blistering, and more. Bacteria skin infections can show up anywhere on the body and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening.

Bacterial Skin Infections FAQs

 

The more you know about bacterial skin infections, the better you can identify and treat them. Read our frequently asked questions guide below to better understand bacterial skin infections.

What does a bacterial skin infection look like?

There are many different symptoms and conditions associated with bacterial skin infections depending on the bacterial strain. This means they can show up and appear differently on the body. 

 

Although, bacterial skin infections will most often cause a rash, redness and irritation, swelling, blisters, boils, red lumps, warm and tender skin, enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes a fever.

What types of bacterial skin infections are there?

There are many different types of bacteria that can infect the skin. Thus, there are several bacterial skin infections known today, far too many to list here. However, the most common bacterial skin infections include: 

 

  • Cellulitis
  • Erysipelas
  • Impetigo 
  • Bacterial Folliculitis 
  • Furuncle (Boils)
  • Erythrasma 
  • Hot Tub Folliculitis
  • Carbuncles
  • MRSA Skin Infections

 

As mentioned above, there are too many bacterial skin infections to list here, which is why it’s important to visit a board-certified dermatologist if you think you might have a bacterial skin infection for a professional diagnosis.

How are bacterial skin infections treated at Brentwood Dermatology?

Treatment for a bacterial skin infection depends on the type of infection and bacterial strain causing it. In most cases, bacterial skin infections can be easily treated with antibiotics. 

How can you get a bacterial skin infection?

Bacterial skin infections can be contracted in many different ways. However, most bacterial skin infections are caused by a harmful bacteria strain entering the body through a break in the skin, such as an open wound or scratch. 

 

If the bacterial skin infection is contagious, such as a staph infection, it can be passed through skin-to-skin contact or through the sharing of an infected object. For example, if the bacteria is on a towel or clothing, it can spread to the next person who touches it.

How do I know if I have a bacterial skin infection?

Typically, a bacterial skin infection will cause the skin to show symptoms like a rash, hives, swelling, boils, bumps, or redness. If this occurs, it’s best to visit a board-certified dermatologist for a thorough skin evaluation and diagnosis. 

How can I prevent a bacterial skin infection?

You can take these steps to protect yourself from a bacterial skin infection:

 

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap
  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
  • Keep cuts and scrapes clean
  • Do not share personal items (such as towels, clothing, cosmetics, or bandages)
  • Regularly clean sports equipment
  • Avoid using public hot tubs, saunas, or whirlpools

Bacterial Skin Infection Photos

 

Interested in seeing what a bacterial infection might look like on the body? Take a look at these helpful visuals featuring the most common types of bacterial skin infections we diagnose at Brentwood Dermatology.

Find Treatment for Bacterial Skin Infections at Brentwood Dermatology in Middle Tennessee

 

If you’re dealing with a troublesome rash, hives, boils, or another form of irritated skin, it might be a bacterial skin infection. Our team of experienced board-certified dermatologists are experts in examining, diagnosing, and treating many skin conditions, including bacterial skin infections. 

Contact our Brentwood office to make an appointment or get in touch with us online. We look forward to helping you find relief!