Under normal healthy conditions, your skin has various types of bacteria dwelling on it.
A bacterial skin infection is an infectious disease caused by bacteria penetrating your skin and multiplying. At the site, bacteria accumulates causing an immune response.
Aftermath of all this is your infected skin tissue evolves into red hot inflammation and a painful sore. And very often, your bacterial infested sore embodies pus.
Pus is a derivative of a bacterial skin infection battle. Your immune system sends out white blood cells and antibodies to fight off the invasive bacteria. Pus develops from perished white blood cells, rotting tissue and other debris.
Because pus interferes with healing, your body tries to rid this obstruction via pustule formation. Yet, if the pus builds up too deep, an abscess materializes.
Some opportunistic circumstances for which bacteria may get under your skin are:
- dry, cracked skin
- an internal infection
- break in skin ~ cuts, open sores
- skin conditions ~ dermatitis, psoriasis, shingles
The two main culprits for causing various types of bacterial skin infections are streptococcus and staphylococcus forms of bacteria. And depending on the type of skin infection you have, these bacterial infections can be contagious.
Some types of skin infections that may involve a bacteria are:
Bacteria present in water can also cause skin infections through open sores. Nontuberculous mycobacteria and vibrio bacteria are found in swimming pools, aquariums or coastal waters. Both are potential pus sore causers.
Bacterial skin infections can cause some complications, like
Most skin infections do not result in the skin nor nearby tissue death. However, some bacterial infections can cause clotting. And the tissue fed by the clotted vessels die from lack of oxygen and nourishment. Also, immune defenses are blocked from reaching infected area, allowing bacteria to spread rapidly. Death can occur, albeit this situation is extremely rare.
Application of a topical antibiotic is typical treatment for control of a minor bacterial skin infection. A natural treatment is sugar.
Sugar treatment is used by mixing a bit of water with sugar to make a past. Glob the sugar paste onto your pus sore and then throw a bandage over it to keep the sugary substance in place. Surprisingly, it does some good!
To assist with pus removal, wrap the area with a warm, moist cloth several times a day. This treatment will draw pus to your infected skin’s surface and soften it for easier drainage and faster wound healing.
Anytime you suspect your bacterial skin infection might be MRSA, then cover it and visit a health care professional ASAP.
A healthy body kills bacteria more efficiently than a run down one does. No doubt, a nutritious diet and regular exercise are mainstays for health.