Bacterial skin infections, such as staphylococcal (staph) infections, are fairly common because some types of bacteria live on our skin. When there is a buildup of the bacteria, these infections can occur. Some of the most common types of bacterial skin infections are folliculitis, methicillin resistant staph aureus (MRSA), and cellulitis.
Viral skin infections occur as a symptom of a virus’s attack on your immune system. They can present as rashes, lesions, or red blotches. The most common types of viral skin infections are chickenpox, shingles, and hand, foot, and mouth disease.
Fungal infections primarily occur in the lungs or on the skin. Common fungal infections include jock itch, athlete’s foot, and yeast infections. Treatment for fungal skin infections varies, but may include prescription creams and sometimes oral medications.
Dermatologists are also able to treat parasitic infections such as scabies or lice. Scabies occurs when mites burrows under the skin, and without treatment will worsen over time. Treatment for parasitic infections include lotions or ointments that aid in the removal of the mites and healing of the infection.