List of skin conditions due to bacterial infection

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This is a list of skin conditions caused by bacterial infections.[1][2]

Condition Notes Image Management
Blistering distal dactylitis Tense superficial large blisters on a red base on the fat pad of a finger or thumb, most frequently seen in children age 2 years to 16 years old.

Typically caused by group A β-hemolytic Streptococcus or Staphylococcus aureus.[1]

Boil[2] Boil (DermNet NZ bacterial-boil).jpg Antiseptic wash, flucloxacillin or erythromycin by mouth[2]
Botryomycosis Crusted, purulent large bumps.[1] Botryomycosis.png
Cellulitis [3] Cellulitis affects people of all ages and races. Predispositions to cellulitis include- (DermNet NZ bacterial-s-cellulitis2).jpg
Chronic recurrent erysipelas, chronic lymphangitis
Ecthyma[2] [3] See more images of ecthyma. (DermNet NZ bacterial-ecthyma).jpg Antiseptic wash, penicillin V or erythromycin by mouth[2]
Eczema (infected)[2] Antiseptic wash, flucloxacillin or erythromycin by mouth[2]
Erysipelas[2] [3] DermNet NZ erysipelas-005.jpg Benzylpenicillin or erythomycin into vein[2]
Erythema marginatum Erythema marginatum (DermNet NZ bacterial-e-marginatum1).jpg
Folliculitis (bacterial)[2] [1] Superficial bacterial folliculitis (DermNet NZ acne-folliculitis1).jpg Antiseptic wash, application of topical antibiotics, stop shaving, flucloxacillin or erythromycin by mouth[2]
Gram positive toxic shock syndromes
Group B Streptococcal infection
Impetigo[2] Impetigo (DermNet NZ bacterial-s-impet6).jpg Antiseptic wash, flucloxacillin or erythromycin by mouth[2]
Necrotising fasciitis [3] Necrotising fasciitis (DermNet NZ bacterial-nec-fas1).jpg
Perianal dermatitis
Pyogenic paronychia Peronychia - Copy.jpg
Recurrent toxin-mediated perineal erythema
Scarlet fever Widespread rash that occurs during a group A strep (GAS) infection[3]
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (DermNet NZ ssss).jpg
Streptococcus iniae infections
Streptococcal intertrigo

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 James, William D.; Elston, Dirk; Treat, James R.; Rosenbach, Misha A.; Neuhaus, Isaac (2020). "14. Bacterial infections". Andrews' Diseases of the Skin: Clinical Dermatology (13th ed.). Edinburgh: Elsevier. p. 252-290. ISBN 978-0-323-54753-6. Archived from the original on 2023-07-01. Retrieved 2023-06-29.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Morris-Jones, Rachel (2019). "13. Bacterial infections". In Morris-Jones, Rachael (ed.). ABC of Dermatology (7th ed.). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell. pp. 105–112. ISBN 978-1-119-48899-6. Archived from the original on 2023-07-18. Retrieved 2023-07-15.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Michaels, Marian `G.; Williams, John V. (2023). "13. Infectious diseases". In Zitelli, Basil J.; McIntire, Sara C.; Nowalk, Andrew J.; Garrison, Jessica (eds.). Zitelli and Davis' Atlas of Pediatric Physical Diagnosis (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Elsevier. pp. 468–483. ISBN 978-0-323-77788-9. Archived from the original on 2023-04-08. Retrieved 2023-06-29.