Skin Infections

SkinCare in Wellesley, MA

Skin infections may seem like a reason to worry, but most tend to be easily treated. Whether you’re facing a common infection like warts or a more serious concern, Dr. Rashel Goodkin can provide excellent, high-quality care in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

What are Skin Infections?

Skin infections include a range of diseases affecting the skin that may be bacterial, viral, fungal, or parasitic in nature. Skin infections often require treatment from a health professional such as a dermatologist to be resolved.

When to See a Dermatologist for Skin Infections

Some skin infections resolve quickly without treatment from a physician, but most should be addressed by a qualified dermatologist to avoid the infection spreading or causing more significant health issues. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodkin if you notice an infection growing larger or if the infection does not quickly subside.

Treatment for Skin Infections

The correct treatment option for a skin infection varies greatly depending on the type of infection. Dr. Goodkin will first carefully examine the infected area before making a diagnosis and determining the corresponding treatment plan.

Bacterial Infections

Bacterial skin infections include issues like boils, cellulitis, or impetigo. Most bacterial infections are first noticeable as small, red bumps on the skin that can slowly increase in size. Some bacterial infections can become life threatening and require urgent treatment. A bacterial skin infection is usually caused by bacteria entering the body after a cut or scratch in the skin. Most bacterial infections are easily resolved through the use of an an oral antibiotic. Depending on the type of bacterial skin infection, Dr. Goodkin may instead prescribe a topical antibiotic.

Viral Infections

A viral skin infection can range from minor to severe. Several common skin issues, including warts or molluscum contagiosum, are actually types of viral skin infections. Other viral skin infections include cold sores (caused by herpes simplex virus), chickenpox, shingles, measles, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. The correct treatment for a viral skin infection varies greatly depending on the specific disease. For example, warts or molluscum can often be treated through cryotherapy. Dr. Goodkin will make a diagnosis and explain the correct treatment option at your appointment.

Fungal Infections

Fungal skin infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot, fungal nail infections, and yeast infections. These are typically treated using a prescription antifungal topical cream or oral medication, depending on the area affected and the extent of the infection. Dr. Goodkin may also advise ways to avoid future fungal infection.

Parasitic Infections

Types of parasites commonly affecting the skin include lice, bedbugs, and scabies. These parasites typically cause discomfort but are not usually not life-threatening. Treatment includes prescription ointments or oral medications to treat the parasites and potentially antihistamines or corticosteroids to relieve itching, swelling, or redness.

Schedule an Appointment

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodkin, call our office at 781.227.7977 or request an appointment online.