Skin infections are fairly common and can range in severity from mild to life-threatening. Complex infections may require a consultation with a dermatologist or even a rheumatologist.
It can be hard to tell the difference between an infection and eczema, especially in children. People with eczema often get skin infections because the breaks in their skin let germs in. If an eczema treatment doesn’t work, or if the rash gets worse, it could be an infection.
There are four types of skin infections: