Viral infections of the skin are common and include warts, cold sores, chicken pox, shingles, molluscum contagiosum, pityriasis rosea, and hand, foot and mouth disease. The three main types of viruses that cause most viral skin infections are the human papilloma virus, the herpes simplex virus and the pox virus. While these viruses cannot be cured, their affects on the skin can be prevented or minimized through proper treatment by a medical professional.

Types of Infections


Infections caused by bacteria getting into the skin and reproducing can range from mild to serious and can cause permanent scarring if not taken care of in a timely fashion. Acne is the most common bacterial infection that usually only results in aesthetic concerns, although can become more serious if spreading to the deeper layers of the dermis. Bacterial infections can be treated with both topical medication as well as antibiotic pills.

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Fungal growths can affect the hair, skin, and nails, causing visible symptoms as well as pain and discomfort. There are many different antifungal medicines available, but not all are effective on all fungal infections, which is why getting an accurate diagnosis from our dermatologists is key to treating issues like athlete’s foot or diaper rash.

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) can be among the most embarrassing disorders to experience and seek treatment for, but doing so is both good for the person with the disease as well as public health. New STDs are spreading and mutating, meaning that nearly anyone who’s sexually active is at least partly at risk for catching one. Whether there’s a skin condition on the genitals or elsewhere on the body, changes in skin appearance or texture could indicate an STD.

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Viral infections are common sources of concern about sudden or gradual changes to the skin in small or large areas of the body. Viral conditions range in everything from chickenpox to mono and are readily treatable with antiviral medicines and topical treatments.

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