Urgent Care Allergies & Rashes

Common Skin Infections And When You Should Visit a Doctor

Your skin functions as a safeguard that is designed to shield your body from infection. However, there are occasions in which your skin itself can become the source of infection. Many skin infections can emerge due to bacteria that impact your skin. These issues are among the most common conditions that are diagnosed in patients.

However, not all skin infections occur due to bacteria. There are other skin issues that are created by fungal infections, while viral infections provide an additional source of skin infections.

There are multiple forms of skin infections. and the specifics of each issue can vary depending upon the specifics related to each individual patient.


Skin infections can occur for multiple reasons including an injury that you incur on your skin. If your skin is broken for any reason – including a cut, sting, bite, piercing or tattoo – there is some potential for the germs to progress through the opening and advance to another portion of your body. If your immune system struggles to combat the situation, then a skin infection can develop. Skin infections can also emerge due to long-term swelling of your arms or legs.

There are two forms of bacteria that are responsible for the development of many skin infections, staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pyogenes. In addition to the staphylococcus bacteria that are located on your skin, around 30% of individuals also have the germ that is associated with staphylococcus aureus located inside the nose – according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). This specific type of bacteria might dwell without creating any health issues for you. However, it can also be the cause of staph infections, which will be discussed in more detail during the Types Of Skin Infection section.

Streptococcus pyogenes is a form of bacteria that triggers strep throat and tonsilitis. However, it is also responsible for multiple skin infections, including cellulitis, impetigo, and erysipelas.

Other types of skin infections can occur due to fungal infections, including athlete’s foot, and ringworm. There are other situations in which a virus is responsible for causing skin infections. The conditions involved include chickenpox, measles, and shingles.

Types Of Skin Infections

Cellulitis is among the most common forms of skin infection. This can emerge if bacteria invade a break in your skin and begin to advance. This infection can occur in various of the body. If cellulitis develops and remains untreated, then the germs can progress into the bloodstream and create life-threatening health issues.

Carbuncles are small groups of boils that are connected, and these usually result from an infected hair follicle. This form of infection can create redness and swelling and discomfort.

A staph infection can develop as the result of a tiny cut. That big comes infected with bacteria. There are multiple forms of staph infections, with some creating more substantial problems than others.

Erysipelas is caused by an infection that impacts the upper layer of your skin. It often well developed due to a cut or a sore that initiates the infection.

Impetigo is an infection that often impacts children and infants. It can be indicated through red sores on the facial area well it can also occur on the feet or hands. Impetigo is one of the more contagious forms of skin infections.

Folliculitis emerges as the result of inflammation within your hair follicles. This type of issue can initially be indicated by small red bumps around the follicles. However, if the infection progresses, then the sores can be accompanied by itchiness and burning skin.

Furuncles are boils that can develop due to staphylococcal infection, and this type of issue also involves an uncomfortable infection that emerges around hair follicles.

Athlete’s foot is one example of a skin infection that is caused by fungus. It can also impact you regardless of your age or gender. There are multiple types of fungus that can cause this condition, and they all dwell on dead tissue that is located on your outer skin, toenails or hair.

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection that is also created by bacteria in the form of fungus (as opposed to worms). This bacteria is located on the outer layer of your skin and can be transmitted through contact with the bacteria.

A nail infection can develop if a fungus invades your toenail, fingernail, or an area directly under the skin of a nail

Chickenpox is a highly contagious condition that emerges from a virus (varicella-zoster). It results in a rash that is itchy in nature, and this disease can also spread throughout your entire body once it has developed.

You can elude the potential for chickenpox by receiving the vaccine that is 90% effective in preventing it. this will also protect your family and friends from the potential of receiving this unwanted condition.

Shingles are triggered by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If you have already experienced the chickenpox. This virus will remain dormant in your system and could reappear at some point during your life in the form of shingles. If you eventually encounter shingles, it will take the form of a rash that delivers discomfort, itchiness, and tingling. The shingles vaccine will provide protection from this condition.

Risk Factors

If you are experiencing a weakened immune system, or you recently had surgery, then your risk of experiencing a skin infection increases. Anyone who is contending with a chronic condition such as cancer, diabetes, lung disease, eczema, or any type of issue with your veins, blood vessels, or arteries, then your chances of encountering a skin infection will rise. Being overweight also increases the chances that a skin infection will take place.


If you notice redness on your skin this is an indication that a skin infection has developed. This is particularly true if the redness is located near an injury, or if it appears to advance toward your heart.

Additional symptoms include any swelling that you might observe, along with any pain, warmth, or general tenderness that might be felt when touching your skin. Any type of sore that has the appearance of a blister or contains a crust is also a signal that a skin infection is present. This is also the case for any fever that you might encounter.

When To Visit A Doctor

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms that were just discussed, or you have pain or swelling that is becoming more intense, then you should contact your physician. If you are contending with significant pain, a fever, a fluid that is emerging, or redness that is visibly spreading, then you should seek immediate medical assistance.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about any issues of the skin that you, your child, or anyone close to you is experiencing, or if you believe that you may have discovered an indication of a skin infection, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On-Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

Our Urgent Care

Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
Get seen by our team today