Mild bacterial skin infections may be treatable with over-the-counter creams and medications while more serious infections would require medical attention and administration topical or oral antibiotics.

Usually seen as small, red bumps that may increase in size. Bacterial skin infections arise when bacteria enters the skin through hair follicles or through small cuts or breaks in the skin.

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What are the symptoms of a tattoo-related infection (photo)?

Hi, the symptoms and signs of a skin infection that may arise from the process of tattooing are redness, swelling and pain with discharge. These signs happen several days after the procedure. Another type of infection is related to the transmission through the use of contaminated needles that cut / penetrate the skin ie. tattoo needles. HIV and hepatitis B and C are some examples of such transmissible infections. These, however, can take several weeks before the symptoms become apparent. Hope this helps.

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What causes clear yellowish fluid discharge on the face (photo)?

Thank you for the question. Acute eczema and skin infections can present with oozy yellowish discharge. It is best to see your doctor for proper assessment and management.

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