Skin Infections

Your skin forms a barrier against various germs in the environment.  When this barrier is breached, a skin infection may develop.

Types of skin infection:

  1. Viral skin infections
    • Verruca (viral warts), molluscum contagiosum, herpes simplex infections, varicella (chickenpox), herpes zoster (shingles)
  2. Bacterial skin infections:
    • Impetigo, folliculitis, ecthyma, furuncle, erysipelas, cellulitis, abscess, carbuncle
  3. Fungal skin infections:
    • Superficial fungal infections:  tinea corporis (“ringworm”), tinea cruris (“jock itch”), tinea pedis (“athlete’s foot”), pityriasis versicolor, candidiasis
    • Subcutaneous or deep fungal infections:  sporotrichosis, chromoblastomycosis, eumycetoma, histoplasmosis, penicilliosis, etc.
  4. Mycobacterial skin infections
    • Tuberculosis of the skin
    • Non-tuberculosis mycobacterial skin infection
    • Leprosy
  5. Spirochaetal skin infections
    • Syphilis
    • Borreliosis (Lyme disease)
    • Others:  yaws, pinta, bejel
  6. Parasitic skin infections
    • Protozoa:  Leishmaniasis, amoebiasis, trypanosomiasis, toxoplasmosis
    • Helminths (worms):  Filariasis, onchocerciasis, schistosomiasis, cysticercosis