Skin infections can cause mild to severe physical discomfort. It is very important to seek a physician’s guidance at the first sign of an infection, since any infection can become progressively worse and more contagious without treatment. Untreated infections can not only cause intense pain, but they can also be life-threatening.

It is also important to note that due to globalization and ease and frequency of modern travel, infectious diseases that were previously considered prevalent in some areas can now be found almost anywhere. Because of this, it is important that a physician have experience with less common and rare diseases. At Rao Dermatology, our physicians have previous international experience. We also actively participate in bringing patient education and quality medical care to underprivileged areas.

Cultures and skin samples play a pivotal role in correctly diagnosing and treating an infection. Having a doctor that is also a pathologist leads to faster, more accurate diagnoses because of the physicians’ greater depth of understanding of the body’s processes.


There are numerous bacteria that live naturally on normal skin and in the hair follicle that cause no harm. When there is an imbalance in natural bacteria or introduction of new bacteria through a wound or break in the skin, it can cause an infection. This can occur more easily if the immune system is already weakened from an unrelated condition. Bacterial infections are contagious to some degree, which depends on the strain of the bacteria. Most are transferred through direct contact.

Exogenous eczema is caused by an irritant outside of the body. Some irritants are subtle such as clothing detergent or nickel (which is often found in jewelry), and others can be obvious, such as poison ivy. The best way to treat this type of eczema is to isolate the cause and eliminate it. If the cause is not immediately apparent, your doctor may administer an allergy patch test to help pinpoint the irritant. Depending on the severity of an individual’s reaction to a particular irritant, the reaction can range from a mildly itchy rash to blisters that result in scaly patches.

Typically, a bacterial infection can first appear as a small red bump, with or without a pustule, located anywhere on the body. These can usually be treated with a topical or, if necessary, an oral antibiotic. In more serious cases, some strains of bacteria can be resistant to treatment. In order to successfully treat a bacterial infection, it is critical to complete the regimen of medication prescribed by your doctor even if the symptoms seem to have dissipated.


Fungal infections are most often found on warm, dark, damp areas of the body such as the feet, armpit, or groin. Different fungal infections vary in their degrees of communicability. Some, such as yeast infections, are not contagious at all, while others can be transmitted through direct or indirect contact. Rashes caused by fungal infections can be treated through topical and oral medications.

Some people are more prone to fungal infections due to their personal body chemistry or because of their lifestyle (e.g. a runner who has recurrent athlete’s foot). If this is the case, your physician can work with you to cultivate habits and medication regimens to minimize the frequency of recurrent fungal infections.

Fungal infections are usually not life threatening, but are unsightly and usually become progressively more uncomfortable. In some cases, if left untreated, a fungal infection can become systemic in predisposed patients.


There are a wide variety of parasitic infections or infestations that can involve the skin and deeper tissues. Depending on the type of parasite, the infestation could be limited to the skin, or it could be more transient, meaning that the parasite passes through the skin in its migration to the blood or other organs. Your dermatologist plays a critical role in determining whether or not the parasitic infection is isolated to the skin.

Untreated parasitic infections will eventually spread on the body and become more and more uncomfortable. Although they are usually not life-threatening by themselves, parasites can be carriers for other diseases.


Some viral infections in the body cause widespread rashes, such as chicken pox or shingles. Others, such as herpes, cause localized outbreaks. Either way, after the rash occurs, resolution is typically seen after the immune system has cleared the infection. Some viruses can also remain dormant in the body and reactivate at a later time, such as HPV. Many childhood viral infections, such as chicken pox or measles, now have vaccinations to help prevent infection.

Although some viruses such as the common cold are very contagious, most viral skin infections, such as herpes and HPV, are less contagious, but still spread through direct and indirect contact. IIf a viral infection goes untreated, the rashes and sores from recurring skin infections can eventually lead to a bacterial infection. Viral skin infections can be dangerous in patients who have a previously weakened or compromised immune system.


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"The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. I went in about a year ago to help get rid of my acne and my skin has never been better. They're usually on track with their appointment times so you're in and out in a timely manner. They've also helped diagnose and treat my husbands psoriasis."
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"The staff is incredibly friendly and helpful. I went in about a year ago to help get rid of my acne and my skin has never been better. They're usually on track with their appointment times so you're in and out in a timely manner. They've also helped diagnose and treat my husband's psoriasis."
- Cassidy
"Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We recently lost our insurance. ( anthem pulled out of central cal) my daughter has been treated for over 3 years elsewhere and our new ins sent us here. I cannot believe how fast they acted to keep my daughter on track with the only treatment that has worked. They took us in on short notice. Squeezed us in at 730am to accommodate us. ( we live an hour away ) and did everything possible to make sure my daughter had what she needed. My daughter was so worried. Dr Rao made everything all good. Sounds kinda silly but unless you have a 14 1/2 year old daughter you just cannot understand how important their service was today. Holly, griselle , all top notch. All I can say is thank you again."
- Matt
"I have been coming to Rao Dermatology for a few months . And it is my Honor to say that all the Staff are VERY PROFESSIONAL AND RESPECTFUL. All the Ladies are very Beautiful and are so concerned about their patients. Their Happy Attitudes are contagious. Love them all. Thank You Dr. Rao and Ladies. I look forward to my next appointment."
- James
"Doctor Rao has been my dermatologist for 6 years. He is one of the foremost authorities on skin cancer in the country, but what really makes him special is the way he communicates his knowledge to his patients. He is an excellent doctor, and has removed several moles for me with minimal or no scarring. He is also very cautious and not aggressive about treatment, and always puts the health of his patients first. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a great dermatologist, whether for skin cancer or cosmetic purposes."
- Anna
"I have been going to this office for a few months and everyone in this office is extremely friendly and is able to answer all questions I have asked. I have been going weekly for acne treatments and have seen great results so far. I also had a cyst removed a few weeks ago and have zero complaints."
- Angela
"I was treated with excellent customer service! Everyone was so friendly! The girls in the front were more than willing to answer all my questions and help me select the best product for my face! The room assistants were great and were there to answer any other questions I had. The clinicians were very specific on what treatment would be best for my condition and they were right! It worked! I would recommend this office to everyone!!! It was by far the most caring group of professionals I have ever had. It wasn't just a business but it was a place where I could go and know I was well taken care of no matter how severe the case is. They are the best!"
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