Have mosquitoes been crashing your summer fun lately? For many in Central Florida, insect bites and other skin traumas like cuts and abrasions have led to secondary skin infections. Centra Care physicians treated nearly 300 patients last week for skin infections.
The skin is the first barrier from bacterial infections. Anything that compromises that barrier, like an insect bite, scrape or ingrown hair, can result in an infection.
The bacteria Staphylococcus and Streptococcus cause the majority of bacterial skin infections. Here are some most common types of infections:
- Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin. The infected area is usually red, swollen, warm and painful. It’s often difficult to tell exactly where the border is between normal and infected skin. Cellulitis may be accompanied by a fever.
- A Carbuncle is a collection of multiple infected hair follicles that form into a broad, red, painful nodule that often drains pus. Carbuncles usually occur in areas with thicker skin like the nape of the neck, the back or the thighs.
- Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection that tends to occur in areas of minor breaks in the skin such as insect bites, cuts, or abrasions. It is highly contagious.
- Hot Tub Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles caused by contact with contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools.