Skin Infections

What is a Skin Infection?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body, and just as your internal organs can get infected, so too can your skin. Bacteria, parasites, fungi, allergens, wounds, and more can all result in different types of skin infections. Many skin infections clear up on their own or with the help of over-the-counter remedies. More severe skin infections will require medical evaluation and treatment. Certain skin infections are spread via indirect and direct contact with a sufferer — through handling items that they’ve infected or by skin-to-skin touch.

Symptom summary

  • Blisters.
  • Itching.
  • Sores.
  • Boils.
  • Pain and discomfort.
  • Burning.
  • Rashes.

Prevention tips

Hygiene Habit

Be extra vigilant with hand-hygiene
Skin infections are highly contagious and thorough, regular, handwashing with a germ protecting soap is vital to help stop the spread of germs and bacteria. Moreover, cleansing skin thoroughly can help to wash  bacteria off of the skin, preventing infection and speeding up recovery if infected.

Medical Practices

Don’t share
Sharing items with an infected person (cups, cutlery, towels, bedding etc.) could mean that you will soon share the infection too!

Nutrition

Eat your fruit and vegetables
Eat foods rich in vitamin C, D and E such as strawberries, pumpkin, olive oil and pomegranate for their super skin-cleansing, hydrating and antioxidant properties.

Hygiene Habit

Treat cuts quickly
Prompt treatment of cuts and abrasions can help prevent infection-causing germs from entering the wound in the first place.

Mythbusters

  • Eating certain foods can cause skin infections…

    The food that you eat has virtually no effect on your skin’s capacity to be infected. And, no, greasy food doesn’t give you spots, either. However, take note that you can prevent infections and promote healthier, more beautiful skin by drinking lots of water, eating healthily and protecting your skin from the sun.

Medical source : British Health Authority

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