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What are some symptoms of skin infection?

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If your skin breaks open, bacteria, fungi, and viruses can get in and cause an infection. Look for warning signs like:

  • Severe redness, itching, or soreness
  • Clear or yellow fluid that oozes from the skin
  • Blisters or pus-filled bumps
  • Fever
  • Swollen glands in the neck, armpit, or groin

If you get an infection, your doctor can prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal cream or ointment to treat it.

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Basics of Moisturizing," "Hand Eczema," "Moisturizers," "Moisturizing," "Neurodermatitis," "Protect Your Hands at Home," "Symptoms."

National Eczema Society: "Atopic Eczema," "Emollients," "Topical Steroids."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eczema Association: "Basics of Moisturizing," "Hand Eczema," "Moisturizers," "Moisturizing," "Neurodermatitis," "Protect Your Hands at Home," "Symptoms."

National Eczema Society: "Atopic Eczema," "Emollients," "Topical Steroids."

UpToDate: "Patient Information: Atopic dermatitis (eczema) (Beyond the Basics)."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on June 14, 2020

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