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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Why do I have a continuous itching sensation in my right thumb?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 59 year old female, I have itching sensation in my right thumb, and due to continuous scratching, the skin is slowly getting damaged. There is some infection, and then the skin heals on its own. This cycle is repeating itself from the past year. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sampada Avinash Thakare

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Have you applied any creams? Are you diabetic? Please send images for better understanding. Revert with more information to a dermatologist online -->  Read Full »

How to get rid of boils in the buttock region?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old woman. I have got a boil or a small lump between my buttocks for a week. It is not painful, but when I touch it, there is a slight pain. Please can you suggest to me some treatment for it? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to you have a fever? Is the boil pus-filled? Are you taking any medicines, or do you have any drug allergies? Do you have diabetes, hypertension, or thyroid issues? Have you had any fungal infections in the past? Please answer these questions for a better diagnosis.  Read Full »

How to get rid of molluscum contagiosum?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner noticed some red pimples with a white head on her left buttock. A few weeks ago, she noticed the same on her right side. She is 24 years old. Her weight is around 140 pounds, and her height is 5 feet 4 inches. I can provide pictures and more details as required. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharatesh Devendra Basti

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. Please send the details like duration, symptoms, site, distribution, symptoms in other members of the family, clear photos of the lesion, and any other information that you may wish to mention. I will try to help you. Thanks.  Read Full »

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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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