Skin Infections

Dermatology & Aesthetics located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY

skin infections services offered in brooklyn and staten island, ny

There are many types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi that cause skin infections. The highly skilled providers at kalon Dermatology in Staten Island and the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, provide comprehensive care for all types of skin infections, from diagnosis to treatment. To get rid of your skin infection, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

skin infections q&a

What are skin infections?

Skin infections occur when germs get into your skin from a cut or wound. Or, they may penetrate your skin when you have a weakened immune system that can’t fight off germs.

Your skin is your body’s first line of defense against outside elements that may lead to an infection.

Skin infections aren’t always a serious health concern. However, it’s not something you should ignore, especially if your condition worsens. Some skin infections may cause life-threatening health conditions like sepsis. You can also pass a skin infection on to someone else.

What are some types of skin infections?

You can have a bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal skin infection. Some common types include;


Cellulitis is a type of bacterial infection that causes inflammation and swelling. You need prompt treatment for this type of skin infection to reduce risk of a widespread infection.


Warts are a common skin infection caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Treatment usually involves removing the growth.

Herpes simplex

Herpes simplex is a viral infection that causes cold sores around the mouth and face. This type of infection causes outbreaks that come and go, but they tend to improve over time.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that causes small, painless bumps.

Athlete’s foot

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin in between the toes.


Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes a ring-shaped lesion on the skin.

What happens during evaluations for skin infections?

Your provider at kalon Dermatology conducts a thorough exam when you come in with concerns about a skin infection. They review your symptoms and medical history and examine your skin. They may also take a sample of your skin and send it to the lab to confirm or rule a diagnosis.

Knowing what’s causing your infection directs your treatment. We also have other advance testing facilities like skin cancer testing.

What are the treatments for skin infections?

kalon Dermatology customizes your skin infection treatment plan based on the type of infection you have and the severity of your symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antiviral medication
  • Antifungal medication
  • Removal of the lesion

Some skin infections resolve on their own over time, and your provider may only schedule regular follow-up appointments to monitor your skin. They also provide instructions on how to care for your skin and prevent spreading of the infection.

Call kalon Dermatology or schedule your skin infection consultation online today.