Your skin denies entry to a copious number germ species. However, break your skin and your chances for an infection of the skin measurably grows.
A skin infection causes quite a variety of symptoms, to include:
- skin ulcers
- skin inflammation
- pus drainage, other discharge
Infection of skin symptoms might occur at the site of a cut, scratch, abrasion, rash or where there is no observable skin opening.
There are many types of skin infections arising from different causes and sources. For example, some of these disease, conditions and microscopic organisms may be the originating cause of your infected skin:
- tick bite
- West Nile
- fifth disease
- scarlet fever
- plantar warts
- Lyme disease
- genital herpes
- swimmer’s ear
- tinea versicolor
- cat scratch fever
- Epstein-Barr virus
- HPV genital warts
- cutaneous anthrax
- fungal nail infection
- seborrheic dermatitis
- cutaneous candidiasis
- streptococcus bacteria
- staphylococcal bacteria
- carbuncle, furuncle (boil)
- hand-foot-mouth disease
- necrotizing skin infections
- insect, bug, spider bites & stings
- necrotizing subcutaneous infection
- tinea ~ athletes foot, jock itch, ringworm
The first line of defense against infection is your skin. If a germ gains entry, your immune system leaps into action.
Occasionally, a bacterial skin infection causes localized tiny blood vessels to clot. Your immune defenses get blocked and your infection could spread rapidly.
What was once only a minor skin infection has the potential to develop into serious complications, such as:
A skin abscess is a collection of pus and infected material in or on the skin. They can occur anywhere and may cause symptoms like:
- drain fluid
- skin lesion
- hardening of tissue
- tenderness & warmth of affected area
Applying a heating pad or warm compresses helps speed healing and reduces inflammation, causing your infection of skin or abscess area symptoms to feel better.
Healthy skin holds bacteria, viruses and fungi on the surface, preventing these bugs from causing an infection underneath. So tend to the health of yourself and skin. Particularly during winter’s dry and cracked season.