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Skin problems and skin infections are very common, some are caused by germs, environmental conditions, or injuries, some are just from natural body processes as you develop into being an adult. You can avoid most skin disorders and skin infections but with some you may need to see a dermatologist.

Skin infections can usually be prevented by avoiding contact with an infected person or even an object. The various germs will cause varied skin disorders. Bacteria can cause an outbreak of boils which are hard, red lumps that are tender to the touch and are caused by an infected hair follicle. If you leave a boil alone it will usually burst in about two weeks. You can apply hot, wet compressed to the boil every few hours to relieve pain and encourage bursting. Never pinch or mash a boil as it will spread the infection.

Viral & Fungal Skin Infections

Impetigo is also a skin infection that is caused by bacteria and is characterized by small blisters that form yellow crusts. This infection can spread very easily and enters the body through breaks in the skin. Wash the area several times a day, and this will soak off any crusts.

Warts are caused by a virus. Teenagers will get warts most of all. They will usually disappear after several months.

There are also fungal infections which can result in ringworms that show red, scaly, round patches. This is not serious and easily treated. Athlete’s foot is an irritating and often painful fungus infection that occurs between the toes and the skin becomes red, itchy and flaky. Using an antifungal ointment and wearing cotton socks usually ends this infection of the skin.

Whatever your skin infection, Dr. Jaliman can certainly treat it and rid you of the problem very quickly.

Feel free to schedule a consultation with Board Certified Dermatologist, Debra Jaliman, MD at her Manhattan, New York office for treatment of your skin infections.