Your skin is the largest organ of your body. Its function is to protect your body from infection.
Sometimes the skin itself becomes infected. Skin infections are caused by a wide variety of germs, and symptoms can vary from mild to serious. Mild infections may be treatable with over-the-counter medications and home remedies, whereas other infections may require medical attention.
What are the types of skin infections?
Bacterial skin infections
Viral skin infections
Fungal skin infections
Parasitic skin infection
How is a skin infection treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of the infection and the severity. Some types of viral skin infections may improve on their own within days or weeks.
Bacterial infections are often treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics.