When bacteria or fungus breaches the outer layer of your skin, it can often lead to an infection. Skin infections can result in several unwelcome symptoms, ranging from boils to acne to cysts. With the proper clinical care, you can clear the infection and restore your skin to full health and clarity. Trust Feinstein Dermatology to provide you with comprehensive care in Delray Beach, FL, and the surrounding area.

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Types of Skin Infections

Skin infections can manifest in many different ways. Some of the most common types of skin infections include:

  • Abscesses
  • Boils
  • Pimples
  • Warts
  • Cellulitis
  • Scabies
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo

No matter the nature of your skin issue, prompt treatment is needed to get the underlying infection under control, addressing not only the external symptoms but their root cause.

Treatment Options

The first step toward effective treatment is getting a full diagnosis. Your board-certified dermatologist will carefully evaluate your infection, determine its type, and develop a customized plan for treatment. Our doctors typically treat most infections with medications, which may involve prescribing antibiotics, antifungals, or antivirals.

Tips for Managing

While medication can eradicate the infection, the treatment may take a few days to take effect fully. Topical anti-itching creams and ointments can prove effective in managing the symptoms of a skin infection. Apply cold compresses to reduce itching and keep inflammation under control. The use of oral, over-the-counter antihistamines may also help to control itching and provide short-term comfort.

Meet Our Board-Certified Dermatology Team

At Feinstein Dermatology in Delray Beach, FL, our commitment is patient satisfaction and loyalty. We are defining the new standard in customer experience and outcomes, striving to lead by example for others to follow. With a dedicated patient base of over thirty-five thousand (35,000) individuals who have entrusted us with their dermatological and cosmetic needs, we have earned our reputation as a leading provider in the field.

Our team comprises dedicated professionals, including board-certified dermatologists, a board-certified Mohs surgeon, and a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon. We invite you to experience the exceptional care and dedication that defines Feinstein Dermatology.


Meet Your Providers


Brian Feinstein, D.O., FAAD

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Thomas Cahn, M.D., FAAD

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Lawrence Enisman, M.D., FACS

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Meredith Hancock, M.D., FAAD

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Robb Wilentz, M.D.

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Nathalie Allison-Fecteau, PA-C

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Skin Infections FAQs

Common skin infections include fungal infections like athlete’s foot and yeast infections, bacterial infections like impetigo and cellulitis, and viral infections like herpes simplex and warts.

Yes, many skin infections are contagious. Bacterial infections such as impetigo and cellulitis, fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot, and viral infections such as herpes simplex and warts can spread from person to person through direct contact, sharing personal items, or contact with contaminated surfaces. It’s essential to take precautions to prevent the spread of skin infections, such as practicing good hygiene, avoiding sharing personal items, and seeking medical treatment promptly if you suspect you have a contagious skin condition.

Some skin infections may resolve on their own without treatment, especially if they are mild or if the individual has a strong immune system. However, many skin infections require medical intervention to clear up completely and prevent complications. It’s essential to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you have a skin infection, as they can provide an accurate diagnosis and recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include topical or oral medications, antifungal creams, antibiotics, or antiviral medications. Leaving a skin infection untreated could lead to worsening symptoms, spreading of the infection, or the development of more severe complications.

Skin infections can be triggered by various factors, depending on the specific type of infection. Some common triggers include:

  1. Microorganisms: Bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites are common causes of skin infections. These microorganisms can enter the skin through cuts, wounds, insect bites, or other breaks in the skin’s barrier.
  2. Poor Hygiene: Inadequate hygiene practices, such as infrequent handwashing or not cleaning wounds properly, can increase the risk of skin infections by allowing harmful bacteria and other pathogens to thrive on the skin’s surface.
  3. Environmental Factors: Exposure to certain environmental conditions, such as hot and humid weather, contaminated water, or contact with infected individuals or animals, can increase the likelihood of developing a skin infection.
  4. Weakened Immune System: Individuals with weakened immune systems, due to factors such as illness, medical treatments (like chemotherapy or immunosuppressant medications), or underlying health conditions (like diabetes or HIV/AIDS), are more susceptible to skin infections.
  5. Skin Trauma: Injuries to the skin, such as cuts, abrasions, burns, or surgical wounds, create openings that allow microorganisms to enter and cause infection. Additionally, friction, pressure, or repetitive motion can lead to skin breakdown and increase the risk of infection.
  6. Allergies and Irritants: Exposure to allergens or irritants in certain products (like soaps, detergents, cosmetics, or topical medications) can trigger skin reactions and potentially lead to infections, especially in individuals with sensitive skin.
  7. Chronic Skin Conditions: Certain chronic skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, or dermatitis, can compromise the skin’s barrier function, making it more susceptible to infections.

Overall, maintaining good hygiene practices, protecting the skin from injury, managing underlying health conditions, and seeking prompt medical attention for any skin abnormalities can help reduce the risk of skin infections.

Feel Good About Your Skin

At Feinstein Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery, we’re more than just skincare experts in the heart of the Palm Beaches – we’re your partners in feeling good about your skin, for life. Our commitment is to help you embrace your skin’s natural beauty and maintain a healthy, confident glow. We understand that your skin reflects your well-being, and we’re dedicated to making you feel comfortable in your own skin. Don’t wait to take that first step towards your skincare journey – schedule a consultation at our office in Delray Beach, FL today at (561) 498-4407, and let us be the dermatologists who are there for you, every step of the way.