Skin Infections

Thrive Family Dermatology

American Board of Dermatology Certified Skin Doctor located in Allen, TX

Skin infections can spread to larger areas of the body and to other people. Dr. Anna Vawter of Thrive Family Dermatology in Allen, Texas, is a dermatologist who diagnoses and treats a variety of skin infections in patients of all ages. If you’ve been dealing with warts, fungal infections, cold sores, or other skin infections, call today to schedule a consultation. You can also request an appointment using the online system.

Skin Infections Q & A

Thrive Family Dermatology

What causes skin infections?

While your skin is well-designed to protect you from harmful microorganisms, its integrity can sometimes be compromised by infections like ringworm, warts, molluscum, herpes, and staph infections. Your skin is layered like an onion, and the deeper the infection, the worse it usually is.

You can get a skin infection when bacteria, viruses, and fungi get past the skin’s surface. Sometimes skin infections find their way under your skin as a result of surgery or an injury that punctures your skin. Viruses and fungi can grow and spread rather easily once they find a way inside.

How are skin infections treated?

Depending on the specific skin infection you have, Dr. Vawter prescribes an appropriate and effective treatment method.


Warts are a common skin infection treated through freezing or with topical treatments applied in the office. Dr. Vawter also treats warts with immunotherapy in more resistant cases.

Molluscum contagiosum

Molluscum contagiosum is a skin infection caused by a virus. It spreads easily through scratching or rubbing. Dr. Vawter treats this condition with topical medications or by removing lesions surgically. Sometimes, molluscum contagiosum goes away by itself.


Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that typically occurs on the face and extremities. It causes a red, scaly rash that may form yellow crusts. Dr. Vawter can successfully treat impetigo with topical antibiotics.

Fungal Infections

Fungal infections like ringworm typically respond well to topical and oral antifungal medications.

Cold sores

Cold sores (herpes) are caused by a virus. Dr. Vawter treats cold sores with topical or oral antiviral medications.

In addition to offering medications and procedures that eliminate skin infections, Dr. Vawter and her team address any identifiable risk factors and preventive measures you can take to help avoid repeat infections.

When should I see a doctor for a skin infection?

Although a skin infection isn’t usually life-threatening, it’s best to seek medical attention whenever an infection is suspected in order to avoid worsening, further complications, or spread to other people.

Dr. Vawter, a board-certified dermatologist, is an expert at diagnosing the cause of your skin infection so you don’t have to guess about the best way to treat it. Call or request a consultation online with Dr. Vawter and her caring, compassionate team.

What we offer

Dermatology and Cosmetic Services