This month Susannah Baron discusses some skin infections and infestations that she has treated recently
Some people think that “skin disease is all about smelly scabs and scuzzy rashes.” It is not all about that, but a large part of the dermatologist's workload does consist of treating cutaneous infections and infestations. These can be quite difficult to diagnose in the community so they often go untreated or are inappropriately treated for long periods of time. So I am going to discuss some of the patients whom I have treated recently.
Children often present with impetigo. This superficial infection, usually caused by staphylococci or streptococci, has a characteristic honey coloured crust and is usually found on the face and hands. Children spread it among themselves quickly so it is important to treat early with topical antibiotics but in severe cases systemic antibiotics are required.
Cellulitis and erysipelas are two common acute soft tissue infections characterised by cutaneous erythema, warmth, oedema, and pain usually associated with a