Skin infections are a common cause of admission to hospital, and serious skin infections are avoidable. Knowing how to treat skin infections early and from home is very important.

Common skin infections include:

  • Cuts, scratches and grazes
  • Impetigo
  • Boils and abscesses
  • Cellulitis
  • Infected eczema
  • Scabies
  • Ringworm
  • Tinea
Further information

There is a lot of information available regarding skin infections, depending on the type of skin infection you, or someone in your family may have.  As mentioned it is important to seek advice from your family doctor early on to prevent the infection worsening.  Information is available by visiting the following websites.

Health Navigator | Skin infections

Ministry of Health | Caring for your child's skin condition

Last updated 12 April 2022.