Skin Irritation & Infection

Skin Irritation- also known as Contact Dermatitis is a common condition in which the skin becomes red, itchy, and inflamed. It is not contagious, and can occur in adults and children of all ages. The most common causes of skin irritation or Contact Dermatitis are soaps, detergents, bleaches, cleaners, chemicals, and plants. Contact Dermatitis isn’t harmful, but can be very uncomfortable. In order to stop the effects of the irritation, it is important to identify what is causing it.

Skin Infection- also known as Cellulitis is a non-contagious, spreading bacterial infection in the skin. It occurs when bacteria enters the body through a cut or break in the skin. The most common types of bacteria that cause skin infection are Streptococcus (Strep) or Staphylococcus (Staph). If left untreated, skin infection can spread and cause life-threatening illness. Cellulitis can occur anywhere on the body, but is most common on the lower legs. 

Symptoms of Skin Irritation

Signs and symptoms of contact dermatitis include:

  • Red rash or bumps
  • Itching, which may be severe
  • Dry, cracked, scaly skin, if your condition is chronic
  • Blisters, draining fluid and crusting, if your reaction is severe
  • Swelling, burning or tenderness

Symptoms of Skin Infection

  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness
  • Pain
  • Warmth
  • Fever

When to see your doctor

If you have symptoms of Cellulitis or Skin Infection, see your doctor immediately, as the infection can spread and cause a more serious illness.

If you have symptoms of Contact Dermatitis, or Skin Irritation, and any of the following, then it is time to see your doctor.

  • The rash is so uncomfortable that you are losing sleep or are distracted from your daily routine
  • The rash is painful, severe or widespread
  • You're embarrassed by the way your skin looks
  • The rash doesn't get better within a few weeks
  • The rash affects your face or genitals