Skin Infections

Skin Infections

Warts

A wart is a growth on the skin that is caused by an infection with the human papilloma virus. Although warts are benign, they are often treated due to their unsightly appearance and because they can spread to other areas of the skin. Depending on the area, treatment options include topical medications, freezing, electrodesiccation, laser therapy and surgery.

Nail Disorders

There are a variety of types of nail disorders. They can be caused by infections, skin disease or self inflicted. With the proper treatment most nails will re-grow into a healthy state. A fungus infection of the nail is one of the most common skin infections. The toenails are affected because shoes increase the warmth and moisture of this area, providing the perfect environment for fungus growth. Taking oral medication for a few months offers an excellent cure.

Cold Sores/Fever Blisters

Cold sores, also known as fever blisters, are caused by an infection of the Herpes simplex virus. This same virus can infect any area of the skin, including the genitals. After an initial infection, the virus goes into a dormant phase beneath the skin. Periodically, the virus reappears in the same area. The typical lesion appears as a cluster of tiny blisters which break, leaving a sore that heals in about one week. New medications can now greatly speed healing or, if taken regularly, can prevent a reoccurrence.

Shingles

Shingles, also known as zoster, is another viral infection. Although this condition can occur at any age, it is more common in advancing years. The lesions appear as a trail of painful blisters that extend around one half of the body without ever crossing the mid-line. The rash will clear after several weeks but pain may linger over the area. If medication is taken early during this condition, the rash will heal quickly with less chance of persistent pain.