Skin and Soft Tissue Disease
Skin and soft tissue diseases are infections that involve the outer layers of the skin and soft tissues located beneath it. There are a wide range of connective tissue diseases, resulting in varying symptoms and treatment modalities. When looking at skin and connective tissue diseases, it is important to note that they are generally caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi that enter the body at an open wound, such as a cut, scrape, bite, or other area where the skin has been broken. In some cases, skin and tissue infections are caused by bacteria that live inside the body. When this happens, these infections usually start in the deeper tissues, such as muscle and the tissue that forms ligaments, tendons, and other structures (called the connective tissue). Many skin and tissue diseases display varying symptoms in other parts of the body, making them difficult to diagnose at first.
When a patient comes to Surgical Associates of Mansfield with a skin or soft tissue disease, we will begin by assessing the severity and location of the infection and the patient’s current medical state. Infections can either be categorized as uncomplicated (simple), complicated (necrotizing or nonnecrotizing), or as suppurative or nonsuppurative. There are many different causes of these types of infections, but many start as a staph infection. For patients with simple infections, they may be localized and treated relatively quickly.
Treating Skin and Soft Tissue Diseases at Our Office
Other Skin and Soft Tissue Diseases
An infection of the skin and soft tissue, usually caused by bacteria
Often referred to as a boil, a skin abscess appears within or below the surface of the skin. The bump is typically filled with fluid and is caused by a bacterial infection
- Skin Cancer
There are several different types of skin cancer, including basal cell cancer, melanoma, and squamous cell skin carcinoma,
A fatty lump typically located between the skin and muscle layer
Noncancerous, sac-like structures that are filled with fluid or a gaseous material
A swelling due to an abnormal growth of tissue. Tumors can be both benign and malignant
All of these conditions are quite serious and will require the care and attention of an experienced surgical team. To learn more about skin and soft tissue diseases and how they are treated, please contact Surgical Associates of Mansfield today. We are a well-respected surgical team located in Mansfield and Arlington, Texas and are here to answer any questions you may have and help you better understand the condition you have been diagnosed with.