Bacterial Skin Infections
- LeprosyLeprosy is caused by a slow-growing type of bacteria called Mycobacteriumleprae (M. leprae). Leprosy is also known as Hansen’s disease, after the scientist who discovered M. leprae in 1873.
- CarbunclesA carbuncle is a red, swollen, and painful cluster of boils that are connected to each other under the skin.
- Staph InfectionThe infection often begins with a little cut, which gets infected with bacteria. These staph infections range from a simple boil to antibiotic-resistant infections to flesh-eating infections.
- CellulitisCellulitis is a common infection of the skin and the soft tissues underneath. It happens when bacteria enter a break in the skin and spread.
- ImpetigoImpetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection. It can appear anywhere on the body but usually attacks exposed areas.
- BoilsA boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.
- Pilonidal Cyst and AbscessA pilonidal cyst occurs at the bottom of the tailbone (coccyx) and can become infected and filled with pus. Once infected, the technical term is pilonidal abscess.
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