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Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are everywhere, and form a total biomass larger than that of plants and animals combined. They can be beneficial and even play a crucial role in living organisms. Our gastrointestinal tracts require bacterial flora for it to function correctly, for example. At the same time, pathogenic bacteria can also cause significant disease and sometimes life-threatening infections.

The most common types of bacterial infections that affect the skin are:

Staph aureas

Strep pyogenes

Commensals (members of normal flora) - Includes corynebacteria, micrococci, and P. acnes

Mycobacterial Infections

  • Leprosy
  • Skin Tuberculosis
  • Atypical Mycobacteria


  • Pseudomonas Aeruginosas
    • Folliculitis
      • Hot tub folliculitis
  • Cellulitis
  • Pyoderma
  • Ear infections
  • Green Nail Syndrome
  • Secondary infections
    • Ecthyma Gangrenosum

Other Bacterial Infections

  • Spirochetes
  • Lyme Disease
  • Rickettsial Disease
    • Spotted Fever
      • Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
      • Mediterranean Spotted Fever
      • Rickettsial Pox
      • Typhus
      • Q Fever
  • Acute and Chronic Meningococcemia