Bacterial Skin Infections

The skin is the body's first barrier against bacteria that cause infections. Even though many bacteria live on the surface of our skin, healthy skin can usually protect us from infection. However, bacterial skin infections can affect a small spot or may spread, affecting a large area. They can range from a treatable infection to a life-threatening skin condition.

Many types of bacterial skin infections require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview.

Cellulitis

Folliculitis, Boils, and Carbuncles

Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

Other Bacterial Skin Infections

Medical Reviewer: [Foster, Sara RN MPH, Jenkins, Lee] Copyright: Copyright © 2007 Staywell Content Services, Inc. except where otherwise noted.


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