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Skin infections are a common childhood condition. An infection of the skin can happen anywhere on the body, including in or around the mouth. Bacteria, viruses, fungus and yeast can all cause skin infections.
Symptoms of skin infections depend on the specific type of condition. They can include:
There are many different types of skin infections, including:
If your child shows signs of a skin infection, a pediatric dermatologist can perform the following exams to make a diagnosis:
Medicines are often prescribed to treat skin infections. Types of medicines used to treat skin infections include:
Most skin infections respond well to medicines and clear up within a few weeks.
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Discover more information about fungal infections through this online resource provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
The American Academy of Family Physicians provides in-depth information about common bacterial skin infections on its website.
Read more about the herpes simplex virus on the American Academy of Dermatology website.
This U.S. National Library of Medicine website shares information on the causes, symptoms and treatment of erythema multiforme.
Read more about candida (yeast) infection of the skin on this website provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.