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Alternate Names : Bacterial Ulcer

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Ecthyma is a bacterial skin infection caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal organisms.

What is going on in the body?

Streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria may cause skin infections at various levels and depths. Ecthyma is similar to impetigo, but causes deeper erosions of the skin. The infection may start at the site of a bug bite or scratch.

What are the causes and risks of the infection?

The streptococcal organism most often causes ecthyma. Any trauma or break in the skin allows the bacteria to begin growing.


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Ecthyma: Symptoms & Signs

Author: Lynn West, MD
Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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