Bacterial, Fungal and Viral skin infections cover a wide variety of issues, causes and treatments. With any infection, no matter the origin, it is critical not to spread the infection to others by avoiding skin-to-skin contact, not sharing towels, washcloths, razors or any other personal items, and avoiding sexual intercourse.


The symptoms of infection are varied and can range from a tiny spot to the entire surface of the body and from harmless to life-threatening. Symptoms can include painful boils, blistering, abscesses, scaly skin, warts and more.

What Causes Them?

Viral Infections
Of the three, viruses are the smallest disease-causing organisms. These tiny terrors invade healthy cells in the body, reproduce and then attack the host cells, infecting them. Viruses infections include measles, chickenpox, warts and shingles.


Bacterial Infections
Tiny single-celled organisms called bacteria make up the basis of all life on earth. Bacteria are so small that a line of 1,000 could fit across the eraser of a pencil, but are so important to our survival that life could not exist on our planet without them. Bacteria have many helpful uses, but a small percentage of bacteria types are harmful. If picked up, they can reproduce quickly in your body and give off toxins, which can make you sick. The infections are contagious, spreading from one person to another by direct contact or from an object or surface that has been exposed to the infection.

Bacterial infections include Staphylococcal (Staph), Streptococcal (Strep), boils, carbuncles, cellulitis, impetigo, scaled skin syndrome and MRSA.

Fungal Infections
Tiny organisms called microbes thrive all around us without our even seeing them. They live in water, air, soil, rock—even on your skin. Some microbes are essential for a healthy life and without them, we couldn’t survive, but in some instances, microbes can make us ill or cause fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nails. Fungal skin infections are common in people of all ages, especially among children and teenagers. They can appear anywhere on the body and lead to a variety of symptoms on the hair, skin, and nails. Fungal infections include ringworm, athlete’s foot, jock itch, scalp infection, fungal nail infections, tinea versicolor and tinea nigra.

Treatment Options

The treatment a Riverchase provider prescribes depends on a number of factors, including age, health, where the bumps appear on your body and other considerations. Your doctor can treat an infection so it doesn’t spread to other parts of your body or to those around you.

There are no known cures for some illnesses, but medical treatment can greatly help ease the discomfort of symptoms and prevent the infection from growing out of control. For example, over-the-counter topical medications applied directly to the infected skin are usually effective at treating fungal infections within four weeks. If your infection doesn’t respond well to the ointment, it will usually heal when you are prescribed an oral medication.

Schedule an appointment to see a Riverchase provider if any of the following symptoms are present:

  • Weak immune system
  • Irritation, pain or bleeding
  • Red streaking, pus, discharge or fever
  • Breakout on the face or genitals
  • Rapidly growing, spreading or multiplying bumps or warts
  • Interference with daily activities
  • Fever is present
  • No response to self-care
  • Irritation due to rubbing against clothing or jewelry
  • Changes in color, shape or appearance
  • Uncertainty about what spots or bumps could be

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Zephyrhills, FL 33540
2625 Executive Park Dr, Suite 7
Weston, FL 33331
Venice Health Park 
1295 Jacaranda Blvd.
Venice, FL 34292
Tampa Palms 
15310 Amberly Dr, Suite 150
Tampa, FL 33647
Sun City Center 
1007 E Del Webb Blvd, Suite 101
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Pembroke Pines 
603 N Flamingo Rd, Suite 350
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028
9015 US Highway 301 N
Parrish, FL 34219
North Port – Commons 
14840 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL 34287
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2481 Bobcat Village Center Rd, Suite 101
North Port, FL 34288
Naples – North 
1015 Crosspointe Dr.
Naples, FL 34110
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261 9th St S
Naples, FL 34102
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1108 Goodlette-Frank Rd. N.
Naples, FL 34102
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9125 Corsea Del Fontana Way, Suite 100
Naples, FL 34109
Formerly Bowes Dermatology
Mercy Professional Building Suite 6008
3659 S Miami Ave, Suite 6008
Miami, FL 33133
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8340 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Suite 260
Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
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9400 Gladiolus Dr, Suite 320
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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7331 Gladiolus Drive
Fort Myers, FL 33908
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3268 Forum Blvd, Suite 201
Fort Myers, FL 33905
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Estero, FL 33928
406 N Indiana Ave
Englewood, FL 34223
1122 Druid Rd E
Clearwater, FL 33756
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2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111
Cape Coral, FL 33991
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413 Del Prado Blvd S, Suite 101
Cape Coral, FL 33990
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25987 S Tamiami Trail, Unit 90
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
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200 Glades Road, Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33432
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1111 Kane Concourse, Suite 100
Bay Harbor Islands, FL 33154
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