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Bacterial Infections

Bacterial Skin Infections

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Infection Risk
There are groups of people who are at higher risk of developing a MRSA infection and there are risk factors that can increase a person's risk of getting infected. Find out who is at a higher risk and what situations lead to a higher risk of developing a MRSA infection.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infections
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacteria that is resistant to the usual antibiotics that kill S. aureus. Find out more about MRSA infections including how they are diagnosed and treated.

Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections are very common, and they can range from merely annoying to deadly. Most bacterial infections of the skin are caused by two bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus and a form of Streptococcus.

Do you have a rash that you think might be caused by a bacteria? Here you'll find a list of the most common bacterial skin infections.

Erythrasma
Erythrasma is a skin infection that is often confused with jock itch. Find out more about erythrasma and how you can tell it apart from jock itch.

Carbuncle Information
A carbuncle is a collection of multiple infected hair follicles. Find out more about what a carbuncle looks like and how it's treated.

Cellulitis Information
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin. Find out what this infection looks like and how it's treated.

Folliculitis, Furuncles, and Carbuncles
Bacterial skin infections are common and some are self-limited. This article describes the difference between several types of bacterial skin infections and how they are treated.

Impetigo
Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection. Learn more about what causes impetigo and how it is treated.

Hot Tub Folliculitis
Hot tub folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles caused by contact with contaminated water in hot tubs or whirlpools. Find out more about what this rash looks like and how it is treated.

Erysipelas - St. Anthony's Fire
Erysipelas, also known as St. Anthony's Fire, is an intensely red bacterial infection that occurs on the face and lower extremities.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Find out more about this chronic, progressive bacterial infection of sweat glands.

Cuts. Scrapes, and Stitches - Avoiding Bacterial Infections
Good information about how to prevent bacterial infections from cuts, scrapes, and stitches.

Cutaneous Anthrax
The rash caused by cutaneous anthrax is fatal in less than 1% of cases treated with antibiotics. Find out more about what this rash looks like and why some people get this less serious form of anthrax.

Botulism
Botulism is a muscle-paralyzing disease caused by a toxin made by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The CDC has designated Clostridium botulinum as a Category A bioterrorism threat. Find out more about this potentially fatal disease.

Plague
Plague has been classified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a Category A bioterrorism threat. Find out more about this disease that has tormented mankind for centuries.

Tularemia
Tularemia, also known as rabbit fever, is a disease that could pose a threat to the United States in the event of a biological attack. Find out more about the many forms of this disease and how they are treated.

Skin Abscesses
An abscess is a bacterial infection of the skin that is filled with pus. This article explains about bacterial infections and has good anatomy pictures.

Carbuncles
A carbuncle, or boil, is a bacterial infection of the skin that may or may not have pus.

Cat Scratch Disease
Cat scratch disease, also known as cat scratch fever, is a bacterial infection of the skin caused by a bacteria in cat saliva.

Cellulits
Cellulitis is a superficial bacterial infection of the skin. This is an article that explains more from the National Library of Medicine.

Dog and Cat Bites - Preventing Bacterial Infections
Information from Your Family Doctor about what to do to prevent a bacterial infection if you get bit by a dog or cat.

Furuncles
A furuncle is a collection of carbuncles. Good pictures from the National Library of Medicine.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa
This bacterial infection of sweat glands can be debilitating. This article from the Dermatology Channel gives good information about this disease.

Folliculits
This article from the Dermatology Channel explains what folliculitis is and how it is treated.

Impetigo
Impetigo is a superficial skin infection that affects many children and adults. Find out more in this article from the National Library of Medicine.

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