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Dr. David Kahan
313 doctors shared insights

Skin Infection (Overview)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the body by a pathogen.


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How does skin infection and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis?

How does skin infection and tonsilitis/pharyngitis lead to post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis?

The Immune system: Fights the initial infection (skin or throat) by making antibodies to parts of the bacteria. After the infection is fought off, a combination of the antibodies and the bacterial components left over form a new complex that is toxic to the part of the kidney that filters them. Only certain strains of streptococcus will cause psgn. ...Read more

Dr. David Kahan
313 doctors shared insights

Skin Infection (Overview)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the body by a pathogen.


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Treating an Ear Infection (Checklist)

Look for other sources of ear pain besides infection
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Ask doc if TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint) is causing ear pain
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Know that middle ear fluid isn't necessarily infection
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Look for ear pain and ear drainage -- both signs of infection
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What are the common presenting symptoms of skin infection?

What are the common presenting symptoms of skin infection?

Depends on bug and: Location of infection. In general bacterial infections cause pus forming lesions, e.g., boils, cellulitis, skin abscess, infection of burns and other skin disease sites. Other lesions are impetigo, scalded skin, paronychia etc. Special cases include, anthrax, tuberculosis, entry lesions of plague and lyme disease; syphilis, and leprosy. Fungal skin infection cause ring worm, athletes foot, etc. ...Read more

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Is dry flakes a sign on a skin infection dying?

Desquamation of skin: Often occurs in the resolution of skin infections. ...Read more

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How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

How can one diagnose staphylococcal skin infection?

Clinical history: The diagnosis of most skin infections is made by the pattern of symptoms and physical exam findings. However, it is not usually possible to know without cultur whether the infection is caused by the staph bacteria or another bacteria, like group a beta-hemolytic streptococcus (strep pyogenes). A culture of any weeping or abcess will help determine if staph is present. ...Read more

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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing the skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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What are the tests for bacterial skin infection?

What are the tests for bacterial skin infection?

Culture: Usually the area of infection can be cultured to see what is growing and to help determine what antibiotic is best suited (sensitive) and to which ones the bacteria might be resistant. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a fungal skin infection or eczema?

A dermatologist...: ...Will take a sample of the scale from the rash, put it under the microscope, and look for fungal elements (we call them "hyphae"). If they are present, it's a fungal infection; if not, eczema or something closely related in most cases. ...Read more

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Will a pimple or ingrown hair cause skin infection?

Will a pimple or ingrown hair cause skin infection?

Pimple: At times a pimple or ingrown hair may show signs of infection ( increased redness , warm to touch , painful ) . See a dermatologist for treatment with appropriate antibacterials. ...Read more

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Mother of my baby has chronic bacterial skin infection. What does this mean for future?

Check the Nose: Sometimes people who have chronic skin infections carry the bacteria in their nose. There are ways to treat this that can significantly reduce the occurrence of this problem. See a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Know it's a common complication of taking antibiotics
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Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics & stay out of hospitals
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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What can be done to treat fungal skin infection by myself?

What can be done to treat fungal skin infection by myself?

Lotimin, Micatin (miconazole): Lotrimin, micatin, (miconazole) or amisil at are options for self treatment of fungal infection. Use for 4 weeks. If not clear see physician for prescription. ...Read more

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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed if needed by a doctor
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Please, amoxicillin and flucloxicillin, which one is the best for treating skin infections ?

Antibiotics: Skin infections are not often treated with penicillins. These are not choices i would make for my patients. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more