Bacteria, fungi and viruses are usually to blame for skin infections. Like all harmful germs, they can be spread from person to person by skin-to-skin contact; and around the home on our hands, clothes, pets, food and household objects.
There are several different types of skin infections and the type of infection depends on the microorganism causing it. Some common types of skin infections are:
A boil is a red, painful, lump on the skin that usually develops on the neck, face, armpit or buttocks.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layer of the skin (dermis) and the layer of fat and soft tissues (the subcutaneous tissues) that lie underneath the skin.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that often affects exposed parts of the body, such as your legs, arms or face causing a ring-shaped, red rash.
Athlete's foot (Tinea pedis)
Athlete's foot is a fungal infection which usually causes itching, burning and scaly cracked skin in the space between your toes.