Don't be shy about asking any questions that you may have at the time of your appointment. You can also contact your doctor after your appointment if you think of any additional questions. The medical team is there to help you to understand your skin infection and to ensure that you know how to take care of your skin at home. Knowing all you can about your skin infection including how to care for it as well as steps you can take to stop the spread of infection to others helps to keep everyone healthy.
Knowing the difference between a viral skin infection and a bacterial skin infection is important for the doctor to know when designing a treatment plan. Knowing that cold sores and warts are viruses will put your mind at ease knowing that you do not need the expense of an antibiotic because antibiotics do not affect viruses.
There are four different types of skin infections bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic. Bacterial infections include cellulitis, folliculitis, boils and carbuncles, staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome and other minor bacterial skin infections. Fungal infections of the skin include candidiasis (yeast infections), ringworm and tinea versicolor.
The best way to overcome fear is to gain knowledge of that which we are afraid of. Learning about how MRSA is contracted, can help individuals to avoid situations where they would be exposed to the MRSA infection.
Through knowledge comes the understanding to forge plans to prevent infections from occurring.
Parents can teach kids how to clean hands properly and when to clean them. Parents can be sure to clean all scrapes, cuts and abrasions and apply antiseptic cream and a band-aid to prevent dirt and germs from entering the wound.
Impetigo is a skin infeciton that is caused by bacteria. There are usually fluid-filled blisters that rupture and ooze. A yellow crust will appear. Impetigo is itchy and can spread easily when scratched. You will need to bring the baby in to the doctor's office. The usual treatment is an antibiotic.
Skin conditions can become infections when they cause breaks in the skin for bacteria or viruses to enter. Identifying whether or not what the baby has is a skin condition or skin infection often times needs a doctor's diagnosis.
Erosio interdigitalis blastomycetica usually occurs between the middle and ring fingers in the web space. It can however also occur sometimes in the toes. Those in the laundry, bartending and homemaking occupations are susceptible. Those who wear rings are also susceptible if moisture gets trapped because of the ring. The doctor will usually take a skin culture and prescribe topical antifungal preparations. Avoidance of the irritating factor if possible should also decrease future occurrences.
Chronic mucocutaneous is a term used by doctors to describe infections that are persistant, severe or diffuse in nature and affect skin, nails or mucous membranes.
Systemic candidiasis refers to having a candidal infection throughout the body. This is a rare occurrance. Those who have systemic candidiasis are often those who have diabetes, leukemia or AIDS.
Do not touch a Staph infection as this can help to spread it to other parts of your body.
Staph infections can take up to 20 days to heal without treatment. Receiving medical treatment will speed up the healing process.
You can soak the skin in warm water or apply warm washcloths to the area to help relieve pain. Acetaminophen can be taken 3 or four times a day to relieve pain. You can also take ibuprofen to reduce pain also.
Use a warm compress over the stye on the eye 3 or 4 times each day. It should disappear after a few days, if not see a doctor, for a topical ointment.
Any skin wound or ulcer can develop into cellulitis. If you notice a wound or ulcer starting to become red, inflamed looking, feeling warm to the touch or where you are feeling pain from the area than you may have developed cellulitis.
Different situations can expose us to cellulitis:
Playing with cats or dogs and getting scratches that become infected
Being around pigs or poultry on a farm and suffering any type of broken skin that then becomes infected
It is important to seek medical care as soon as you notice the symptoms of impetigo because treating it with antibiotics will help it to heal faster which decreases the chance of spreading it to others. The antibiotic prescribed may be oral, an ointment or both. Usually the antibiotic is of the penicillin family medicines or a related type of medicine called cephalosporins. Those who are allergic to penicillin are usually treated with erythromycin, clarithromycin or azithromycin. The topical ointment that is usually used is called mupirocin .
Lice are tiny insects that can infest the skin anywhere on the body. You can have them on your head, body or in the pubic area. Lice are highly contagious and can be spread from one person to another when there is close body contact, sharing of clothes or other personal items like hairbrushes, hats and combs. Head lice are common in school aged kids, and in childcare settings. The eggs of lice are called nits and are difficult to remove. Body lice are seen most often on individuals who have poor personal hygiene. Pubic lice is very contagious and can be transmitted by sexual contact with an infected person, by using towels or clothing of someone who has public lice.