Erysipelas is an infection of the upper layers of skin. Cellulitis is an infection of the skin and the tissue under it. Both are caused by bacteria.
Skin infections are serious and need to be treated right away. Without treatment, the infection can damage skin tissues and spread quickly to other parts of your body. A skin infection that is not treated right away may lead to:
Many different types of bacteria can cause skin infections. The bacteria get into the body through a break in the skin.
Your child is more likely to get a skin infection if:
Symptoms may include:
Your healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and medical history and examine your child. Tests may include:
The infection is treated with antibiotic medicine taken by mouth. Your child’s provider may follow-up with him 2 or 3 days after the first visit to make sure the medicine is working. If the infection does not get better, or if the infection is serious, your child may need to stay in the hospital to receive antibiotic medicine through an IV.
If your child has an infection with a collection of pus, your child’s healthcare provider may drain the infection.