Urgent Care for Skin Infections
THE BEST SKIN DERMATOLOGIST
Oasis Dermatology is more than just your aesthetic dermatological clinic. We diagnose, treat, and prevent a wide range of everyday skin conditions. While many skin problems can be handled by a primary care doctor, treating skin infections may require the expertise of a skin dermatologist.
Our providers are skilled and trained in detecting skin infections so she can help you better diagnose a skin problem and its severity. Our treatment plan also includes a way to prevent scars and keep your skin looking healthy with medical and cosmetic procedures.
General Management of Common Skin Infections
SKIN INFECTIONS TREATMENT
Skin infections come in various forms and vary from mild to severe. Treatment of skin infections also depends on the cause of infection. The most common skin infections are often treated with topical or oral antibiotics. There are also over-the-counter antifungal creams that are best for fungal infections.
If your skin condition is causing you discomfort, make an appointment with our clinic right away. We can provide faster diagnosis and proper treatment for quick relief and recovery.
Fight infections the right way
TYPES OF SKIN INFECTIONS & THEIR TREATMENTS
As the largest organ in our body, the skin is often infected especially when we have wounds or cuts. A skin infection occurs when germs, parasites, or fungi penetrate and spread. When this happens, you’ll notice swelling, pain, or changes in your skin. There are four types of skin infection. Read on to learn more about their causes and treatments specific to each type.
Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections occur when bacteria enter the body. This normally happens when there’s a break in your skin like a scratch or a wound. Although getting a cut doesn’t automatically mean you’ll have skin infection, it increases your risk especially with a weak immune system. The most common types of bacterial skin infections are:
The most common treatment is applying antibacterial cream or taking antibiotics. In some cases, antibiotics are administered intravenously. The person should also refrain from further infecting the area by touching it. For more specific treatments, consult with Dr. Ahluwalia.
Fungal Skin Infections
Fungal skin infections are typically caused by dermatophytes or yeasts that grow in warm, moist areas of the body such as skin fold, between the toes, and in the genital area. Leaving sweaty clothes on is a risk for skin infections. Some of the most common fungal skin infections are:
- Athlete’s foot
- Jock itch
- Yeast infections
Doctors usually prescribe antifungal medications to kill the fungi directly or prevent them from growing and spreading. The sooner you think you have fungal skin infection, the sooner you should go to a doctor to help treat them. This kind of infection often gets worse over time.
Viral Skin Infections
A viral rash often appears in the form of red or purple blotches or small bumps that may spread on more than one part of your body. Viral skin infections are often communicable so it’s critical to manage them. The most common types of viral skin infections include:
- Chicken Pox
- Cold sores
Viral rashes usually go away on their own. You may speed up the healing process with plenty of rest and drinking more fluids. To manage its symptoms like fever and itchiness, your doctor may prescribe tylenol, calamine lotion, and antiviral medication. Seek medical help from our dermatologist if you notice the infection lasts longer than they should or it becomes too painful.
Parasitic Skin Infections
Parasitic skin infections are caused by tiny insects or organisms that burrow into the skin to lay eggs or live there. Some parasitic infections include:
Most parasitic skin infections are treated with topical medications. Others may need corticosteroid creams or in serious cases, chemical treatment. Since some of these infestations spread too quickly, it’s important for you or people you’ve come in contact with to get treated quickly.
It’s Time For Skin Infections Treatment
WHEN TO SEE A SPECIALIST
Starting to get worried about your skin infections? Our team can help ease your mind by providing expert diagnosis and skin infections treatment.
If you suspect a serious skin problem, it’s best to consult us right away. Even if a skin rash seems mild, only a skilled dermatologist can recognize it immediately and correctly to prevent it from getting worse.
Our staff also understands that treatment goes beyond healing of these infections. We add a scar prevention plan to keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Schedule a consultation with us,
- If a rash or skin problem covers at least 10% of your body.
- If you experience other symptoms such as fever, muscle pain, joint aches, or difficulty in sleeping.
- If ulcers won’t heal after two weeks.
HOW TO PREVENT SKIN INFECTIONS
Although we’re here to help get your skin infections treated, we’d rather you stay away
- Wear clean clothing and change beddings regularly
- Shower and wash hands often
PROPER WOUND CARE
- Wash cuts, wounds, insect bites right away
- Cover your with clean, dry bandages
DISINFECTION OF SURFACES
- Clean surfaces and equipment regularly
- Follow cleaning instructions on labels
- Keep your office and house clean
- Throw garbages and dust regularly