Bacterial Skin Infections


Bacterial Skin Infections are caused by the presence and growth of microorganisms that damage host tissue. The extent of infection is generally determined by how many organisms are present and the toxins they release. There are many types of bacteria, both good and bad. In fact, most bacterial species cannot cause disease. Many species even play beneficial roles producing antibiotics and foodstuffs. Our bodies are covered with commensal bacteria that make up the normal flora, however some types of skin bacteria can be harmful.

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There are many types of bacteria, both good and bad. In fact, most bacterial species cannot cause disease. Many species even play beneficial roles producing antibiotics and foodstuffs. The soil teems with free-living bacteria that perform many essential functions in the biosphere, like nitrogen fixation. As well, our bodies are covered with commensal bacteria that make up the normal flora.

Bacterial Skin Infections are caused by the presence and growth of microorganisms that damage host tissue. The extent of infection is generally determined by how many organisms are present and the toxins they release.

The following infections are only helped by antibiotics. Click on a link to learn more about identification and treatment. (in process)

Staph aureas

Strep pyogenes

Commensals (members of normal flora) - Includes corynebacteria, micrococci, and P. acnes

MycoBacterial Skin Infections

  • Leprosy
  • Skin Tuberculosis
  • Atypical Mycobacteria

Pseudomonas

  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosas
    • Folliculitis
      • Hot tub folliculitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Pyoderma
  • Ear infections
  • Green Nail Syndrome
  • Secondary infections
    • Ecthyma Gangrenosum

Other Bacterial Skin Infections

  • Spirochetes
  • Lyme Disease
  • Rickettsial Disease
    • Spotted Fever
      • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
      • Mediterranean Spotted Fever
      • Rickettsial Pox
      • Typhus
      • Q Fever
  • Acute and Chronic Meningococcemia