Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are:

  • Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
  • Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
  • Fungal: Athlete’s foot and yeast infections
  • Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies

Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause:

  • Bacterial Skin Infections (Merck & Co., Inc.)
  • Fungal Skin Infections (Merck & Co., Inc.)
  • Skin Rashes and Other Changes (American Academy of Family Physicians)