A young Latina woman winces as she scratches a red patch of skin on her arm.
Skin, the body’s largest organ, is our primary barrier against many external threats. When it’s breached by microorganisms, skin infections can arise, leading to a range of symptoms from mild rashes to warts to severe pain. At Valley View Dermatology, our priority is to promptly identify and treat these infections, restoring the health and integrity of your skin.

About the condition 

What is a skin infection?

Skin infections occur when harmful microorganisms, such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites, penetrate the skin’s defenses and multiply. Depending on the type and severity, skin infections can manifest in various ways, including redness, swelling, itching, and pus-filled lesions. There are several common types of skin infections, including cellulitis, impetigo, fungal infections, and warts.

Symptoms of skin infections may include:

  • Redness or inflammation
  • Itchiness or burning sensation
  • Swelling or tenderness
  • Pus or discharge
  • Blisters or ulcers

When should I see a dermatologist about skin infections?

If you suspect you have a skin infection, especially if it’s spreading rapidly or accompanied by fever, it’s essential to consult a dermatologist. Timely intervention can prevent complications and ensure effective treatment. Our team at Valley View Dermatology is equipped to provide accurate diagnosis and comprehensive care for all skin infections.


The doctors and staff at Valley View Dermatology are warm and caring people who I look forward to seeing again every time I go.
– J.C.

Diagnosis and treatment options for skin infections

Accurate diagnosis is crucial for skin infections, given the variety of causative agents and presentations. At Valley View Dermatology, our dermatologists will conduct a thorough skin examination, and if necessary, perform a biopsy or culture. Once the exact nature of the infection is determined, a tailored treatment plan is provided.

Antibiotic therapy

For bacterial skin infections, antibiotics are the primary mode of treatment. These can be topical, applied directly to the skin, or systemic, taken orally. The duration and type of antibiotic prescribed depend on the severity and type of bacterial infection.

Antifungal and antiviral medications

Fungal and viral skin infections, like ringworm or herpes, require specific treatments. Antifungal creams or pills target fungi, while antiviral medications help manage viral infections. The treatment approach is determined by the extent and location of the infection.

Medicated creams and ointments

For many skin infections, including some parasitic ones, medicated creams and ointments can offer relief from symptoms and target the causative agents. These topical treatments can reduce inflammation, alleviate itching, and treat the underlying infection.

Schedule an appointment

Don’t let skin infections disrupt your daily life or compromise your well-being. Reach out today, and we will guide you on the path to healthy skin. Schedule an appointment at your preferred clinic location.

Call 971-374-2150