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anyone can help with how to identify skin infections

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Almost all of them looks the same any tip that you can advice thank you

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Become a doctor! Haha

But I agree it is tricky. I'd say to consider where the infection is. If it's under folds where moisture builds up, it's often a fungal infection i.e. under breasts, abdominal folds, the groin area. Then again, it's really specific to what the skin look likes. Try looking up some pictures!

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anh06005 has 6 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and specializes in Cardiac, Home Health, Primary Care.

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As PP said consider where it is and get a good history (in an area the patient shaves, bug bite, moist area, etc)

It's not up to you to diagnose so keep that in mind. To get a definitive answer as to what a skin infection is a culture, KOH slide, or biopsy may need to be done. But infections are often treated based on history, location, and appearance.

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