Skin Infections

Skin infections can result from various micro-organisms, and it can result in mild to severe symptoms. The common types of skin infection include bacterial skin infections (leprosy, cellulitis), viral skin infections (chickenpox, measles, warts), fungal skin infections (ringworm, diaper rash), and parasitic skin infections (scabies, bedbugs).

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Is impetigo contagious?

Query: Hello doctor,I was diagnosed with impetigo and started oral and topical antibiotics about 48 hours ago. I wonder if I am still contagious to others and if I can still spread it to other areas of my body? I still see fluid-filled sores that have not burst, and in my mind, those must contain more of t...  Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are keeping safe. 1) I understand your concern and have read your brief history. You can continue on the medications prescribed for you for impetigo as those are good enough. 2) The pustules would take about 3 to 5 days to respond to the medications, so ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for a boil that is oozing out from multiple pores.

Query: Hi doctor, I have boils that appear from time to time. Now, I have some boils above my beltline. It started outlining an ingrown hair with a white head. My wife tried to pull the hair with tweezers. But zit popped and we never got the hair. I have used some peroxide on it and drained more. On the n...  Read Full »


Dr. Bincy Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Recurrent boils can occur due to a bacterial infection of the hair follicle and it can cause painful pus-filled eruptions on the body. If you are having a frequent recurrence, then it can occur due to persistent infection or reinfection. Please mention whether you h...  Read Full »

What can cause skin infection during pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor,I am three months pregnant. I am suffering from a skin infection. I have skin rashes on my whole body. I consulted a gynecologist and she gave me Avil and Oldid cream. But still, there is no relief.   Read Full »


Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history, you are concerned about skin rashes present during pregnancy. There are certain rashes and conditions that co-exist with pregnancy and it is completely hormonal and it subsides as the pregnancy hormone subsides. As you have consulted the gynecologist,...  Read Full »

What are some of my yellow and green tattoos itchy, hard, and bumpy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am concerned about my tattoo placed before two months back. I have five tattoos with different colors such as blue, yellow, red, green, and purple. I have itching on my yellow and green tattoos from time to time and it lasts for two weeks. It subsides eventually for five to eight days ...  Read Full »


Dr. Suvina Attavar

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Itchiness and thickening over tattoos indicate a couple of things. As these are occuring over colored pigments, there is a high chance for you to have tattoo granuloma. It means that the colored pigments have caused a foreign body reaction in your skin. If topical s...  Read Full »

I have recurrent eczema and fungal infections. How to treat it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a chronic problem for the past six to seven years. I have the problem itching in all the skin folds and the pressed areas like under the belt including genital areas and anus. I showed the same to a doctor and he diagnosed this as eczema and fungal infection. The doctor presc...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history, past treatment and its response are suggestive of intertrigo, a fungal infection of the body folds. In people with heavy sweating activities, diabetes, overweight, those wearing tight clothing and in people with prolonged sitting activities the body folds ar...  Read Full »

I have mild irritation around the navel. What medicines to take?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a mild irritation type around the navel area. What medicines to take? Please suggest medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abelrahman Abouibrahim

Internal Medicine Physician, Family Physician, General Practitioner, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The irritation around the navel area is most likely due to fungal infection, especially if associated with itchiness and redness. So, please provide me with a clear photo and tell me if there is itchiness or redness. A local antifungal cream will be suitable after c...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for abscesses, which look like an insect bite?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two abscesses, which looks like an insect bite with a dark spot at the center. Both the abscesses are hot to touch with acute pain. One of them is filled with pus and has started to drain slowly. I have attached the photos. Please suggest some medicine.  Read Full »


Dr. Arvind Guru

General Surgeon, Surgical Gastroenterologist, Surgical Oncologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It would not be an insect bite unless it appeared overnight. After reviewing the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it looks like an infection of the hair follicle. For such a skin infection, overweight and diabetes are the risk factors. I would ...  Read Full »

What could cause skin irritation in a 9-month-old kid?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter (9 months) is suffering from irritated skin from the past three to four weeks. It is spreading to different areas of the body. It is on cheeks, near to elbow, back of knee, etc. We have consulted a couple of dermatologists but it is not helping. Could you please help with sugg...  Read Full »


Dr. Megha Kakani

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and all the pictures and prescription (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your son is having atopic dermatitis. It is very common in allergic child or children of allergic parents. Medicines prescribed to your child are almost cor...  Read Full »

How long will it take for a painful boil in the inner thigh with discharge to heal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a boil in my inner thigh for a week now. It started as a pimple then progressed to a painful bump. Two days ago, it started to drain. I have been applying warm compression and Betadine on it. The swelling and pain decreased however, the wound worries me as it now looks like I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a boil in the inner thigh for a week. It was started as a pimple then progressed to a painful bump. According to your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your...  Read Full »

Why do I get infections in skin, ear, and eye one after the other?

Query: Hello doctor, I have multiple conditions going on right now and fear that it could be a parasitic condition and need some expert advice. Started off with a terrible skin rash that has large and small lesions but no itch. Next a pretty substantial ear infection with swelling and discharge. Now the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement you have been suffering from skin rash without itching, ear infection with swelling and discharge, eye infection with coming out of something whitish-yellow under eyelid, and mucus with the same particles. All t...  Read Full »

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