Skin Infections

Prim Care. 2018 Sep;45(3):433-454. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2018.05.004.


The primary care provider will commonly see skin and soft tissue infections in the outpatient setting. Skin and soft tissue infections range from the uncomplicated impetigo to the potentially lethal necrotizing fasciitis. This article reviews these infections based on their underlying etiology: bacterial, fungal, and viral causes. This article discusses the etiology, presentation, evaluation, and management of impetigo, bullous impetigo, erysipelas, cellulitis, periorbital cellulitis, orbital cellulitis, folliculitis, furuncles, carbuncles, abscess, necrotizing fasciitis, sporotrichosis, tinea corporis, tinea pedis, tinea capitis, Herpes Simplex Virus, zoster, molluscum contagiosum, and warts.

Keywords: Bacterial, fungal, and Viral skin infections; Bullous impetigo; Cellulitis; Erysipelas; Impetigo; Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; Orbital cellulitis; Periorbital cellulitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatomycoses / diagnosis
  • Dermatomycoses / drug therapy
  • Dermatomycoses / microbiology
  • Dermatomycoses / pathology
  • Humans
  • Skin / microbiology
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin / virology
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / microbiology
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / pathology
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / diagnosis*
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / drug therapy
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / microbiology
  • Skin Diseases, Infectious / pathology