Bumps and bruises are a part of life. It is hard to live a normal day without accidentally knocking something over, bumping into items, or getting cut. A paper cut, a swipe against a sharp knife, any accident resulting in an open wound, this is all it takes for your skin to get infected. Your skin is one of the most sensitive parts of the body, and it can be riddled with infections if you’re not careful. Here at Allergy & Skin Spa, Dr. Kia offers diagnosis and treatment options for a range of skin infections and can provide customized care to suit your needs. To get the help you deserve, schedule at our Los Angeles office today.
What Are the Symptoms of a Skin Infection?
In most cases, skin infections can be easily identified. Those who have bacterial infections can experience pus, red skin around the wound, a pimple or yellow crust on top of the infected area, or sores that look like blisters. In some cases, you may also experience pain and swelling if you have an infection that lasts for days. In an effort to combat the bacteria, your body may develop a fever that can be persistent until the proper medication is taken. In the case of a fungal infection, you may notice fungus on your body and experience itching as well as irritation.
What Causes Skin Infections?
Different skin infections are caused by different factors. Bacterial skin infections, for example, develop when bacteria enter through hair follicles or through small breaks in the skin that result from scrapes, punctures, surgery, burns, sunburn, animal or insect bites, wounds, and preexisting skin disorders. People can develop bacterial infections after participating in a variety of activities, for example, gardening in contaminated soil or swimming in a contaminated pond, lake, or ocean. Fungal infections occur when fungus grows on the skin. This can happen when a person experiences excessive sweating and/or wears damp clothing for long periods of the day. When the damp parts of the body don’t receive proper airflow or sunlight, it can result in the growth of mold or fungus on the body. The fungus usually grows on the tiny folds of the skin between toes and fingers, on the neck, under the armpits, behind the knees, and even near the genital areas near the thighs. They are more likely in people who have low immunity. So, children, people with diabetes, and cancer patients are highly-vulnerable to fungal skin infections. Common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, yeast infection, jock itch, and ringworm.
How Can These Infections Be Treated?
In most cases, antibiotics, creams, and ointments can prove instrumental in addressing skin infections. When you arrive at Allergy & Skin Spa, Dr. Kia will take the time to assess the severity of your infection and determine the best course of action. Several courses of antibiotics may be necessary to completely rid your body of the infectious agent. During your treatment course, we will provide you with ongoing support and answer any questions you may have.
Treating Skin Infections in Los Angeles, CA
At Allergy & Skin Spa, our team of dedicated medical professionals are committed to helping our patients get successful treatment for any number of medical and dermatological conditions. Fill out and submit the form below or give us a call at (310) 312-1231 to request an appointment today.