Skin Infections

Skin Infections

Skin infections are diseases caused by microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Skin infections can cause a variety of symptoms, ranging from itching to painful wounds.

The skin has various important functions for the body. One of them is to protect the inside of the body from ultraviolet radiation, injury, and infection. Even so, the skin can also get infected.

Generally, skin infections are more likely to occur when the skin is not in good condition, for example when the skin is dry and cracked or has a wound. In addition, skin infections also occur more often in people with a weak immune system, for example due to the long-term use of corticosteroid drugs .

Causes and Symptoms of Skin Infections

Skin infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Some types of skin infections based on the cause are:

  • Bacterial skin infections, such as boils and leprosy
  • Viral skin infections, such as chicken pox and warts
  • Skin infections caused by fungi, such as panu and ringworm
  • Skin infections caused by parasites, such as scabies and head lice

The signs and symptoms that appear in skin infections depend on the type. However, in general, sufferers of skin infections experience wounds or rashes on the skin that can be accompanied by itching or pain.

Treatment and Prevention of Skin Infections

Mild skin infections can generally be overcome with the use of over-the-counter medicines and self-care at home. If the complaint is severe, treatment must be done by a doctor.

Skin infections can be prevented in simple ways, such as keeping skin and clothes clean, changing clothes if you sweat, staying away from people who are infected, and not sharing personal items with others.

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