Minor Skin Infections (including Impetigo)
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Minor Skin Infections (including Impetigo)

What are Minor Skin Infections?

While your skin is a protective barrier, sometimes it can become infected through bacterial, viral or fungal causes. Minor skin infections symptoms and treatment may vary. 

Help for a Minor Skin Infection at Bronson

If a minor skin infection is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Types and Causes of Minor Skin Infection

Common types and causes of skin infections are:

  • Bacterial - occurs when bacteria enters the body through a cut or scrape on the skin
  • Fungal - causes by changes in lifestyle or body chemistry. Fungi thrive in warm, moist environments such as wet or sweaty clothing

Signs of a Minor Skin Infection

  • Pus
  • Blisters
  • Skin that becomes dark or discolored
  • Redness
  • Itching or irritation
  • Pain or swelling that worsens after a few days
  • Fever

What are Types of Minor Skin Infections?

Both children and adults can suffer from skin infections. Those common skin infections include:

Bacterial Skin Infections

  • Cellulitis - affects the leg and the skin appears swollen, red and painful
  • Impetigo - highly contagious skin infection that affects children and infants. Appears as small red spots that develop into sores or blisters

Fungal Skin Infections

  • Athletes foot
  • Yeast infection
  • Nail fungus
  • Diaper rash
  • Oral thrush
  • Ringworm

How is a Minor Skin Infection Diagnosed?

A medical exam is the best way to determine the type and cause of a skin infection. If you think you have a skin infection, contact your doctor or see the Need Care Now? section below for care options.

Treatment for Minor Skin Infections

Treatment will vary based on the cause and severity of the skin infection. Some infections may heal on their own while others may worsen or persist.

Bacterial Infection Treatment

  • Topical antibiotics
  • Oral antibiotics

Fungal Infection Treatment

  • Over-the-counter anti-fungal spray or cream
  • Prescription oral medications or topical cream
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

At-home Treatment

  • Over-the-counter antihistamines
  • Topical cream or ointment
  • Cold compress to reduce itching and inflammation

Prevention for Minor Skin Infections

To prevent minor skin infections:

  • Use proper hygiene
  • Clean cuts and scrapes with soap and water
  • Clean and disinfect common surfaces and toys 

When to Seek Medical Care

If you are experiencing worsening or persisting symptoms, call your doctor.

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On Demand Video Visit

See a doctor online using your smartphone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your home for minor illnesses (patients 18 months or older).

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Contact your Primary Care Provider

Current patients can schedule in-person or video visit appointments by calling the office.

Scheduled Video Visit

Find a doctor and schedule online or by calling (269) 341-7788.

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FastCare®

Walk-in care for minor illnesses for patients (18 months or older) in Kalamazoo.

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Urgent Care

Walk-in care for non-life threatening illnesses or injuries in Battle Creek.

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Emergency Care

Walk-in care for serious or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. If you are unable to walk-in, dial 911 for emergency assistance.

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Find the Right Care Based on Your Need

Still not sure which is the best care option for you? Visit our Need Care Now page to compare options.

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Know When to Dial 911

If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.