Bacterial skin infections often begin as small, red bumps that slowly increase in size. Some bacterial infections are mild and easily treated with topical antibiotics, but other infections require an oral antibiotic.
Different types of bacterial skin infections include:
Causes: This occurs when bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin, such as a cut or a scratch. Getting a cut or scratch doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll develop a skin infection, but it does increase your risk if you have a weakened immune system.
Treatment. Bacterial infections are often treated with topical antibiotics applied directly to the skin or with oral antibiotics. If the strain of bacteria is resistant to treatment, treating the infection may require intravenous antibiotics administered in the hospital.
Home care and alternative treatments. Home care for a skin infection works to reduce symptoms. Home care may include the following:
Apply cold compresses to your skin several times a day to reduce itching and inflammation.
Take over-the-counter antihistamines to decrease itching.
Use topical creams and ointment to reduce itching and discomfort.