Bacterial Infection Symptoms and Causes

Bacterial infection causes

Bacteria, like other germs can infect various parts of the body including the skin, lungs, bone, brain and blood stream.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 200,000 US cases per year
○ Treatable by a medical professional
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests (culture) may be required
○ Medium-term: resolves within 1-2 weeks

Symptoms depend on the area infected. In dermatology, we deal with bacterial infections that are primarily limited to the skin or mucous membranes. Cellulitis and impetigo are the two most common and well known bacterial infections. The other place we see these infections occasionally is as a secondary infection in a wound, ulcer or post surgery.

Cause of bacterial infections: This type of infection is caused by the transmission of bacteria. You can be exposed to bacteria from other people, through the environment, or from eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.

What does a bacterial infection look like?

Bacterial Infections require a medical diagnosis: Symptoms depend on the area affected, but can include skin rash, redness, pain, swelling or crusting and scabbing. If it involves the scalp, hair loss may be seen though it is usually temporary. Also common: itching or vaginal discharge.

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Bacterial infection treatment

Treating Bacterial Infections:

Self-care treatment for a bacterial infection: Over-the-counter antibacterial medications can sometimes help but allergy to the medicine is common.

Our Clinical Treatment for Bacterial Infections:

Effective treatments include effective antibacterial medications prescribed by our certified medical dermatologists. Accurate diagnosis with a culture gives improved results. Results depend greatly on response time so please do not hesitate in reaching out to make an appointment which you can do [ here }.


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