• Alternative Names

    Skin infection - bacterial


    Protect your skin by:

    • Keeping your skin moist with lotions or ointments to prevent cracking
    • Wearing shoes that fit well and provide enough room for your feet
    • Learning how to trim your nails to avoid harming the skin around them
    • Wearing appropriate protective equipment when participating in work or sports

    Whenever you have a break in the skin:

    • Clean the break carefully with soap and water
    • Cover with a bandage and change it every day until a scab forms
    • Watch for redness, pain, drainage, or other signs of infection


    Stevens DL, Bisno AL, Chambers BF, Everett ED, Dellinger P, Goldstein EJ, et al. Infectious Diseases Society of America. Practice guidelines for the diagnosis and management of skin and soft-tissue infections. Clin Infect Dis. 2005;41:1373-1406.

    Abrahamian FM, Talan DA, Moran GJ. Management of skin and soft-tissue infections in the emergency department. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2008;22:89-116.