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Doctor insights on: Pus Forming Skin Infections

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Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Skin infection is a condition in which a person has a skin problem caused by infection with germs such as yeast, fungi, viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Oral medicines, IV medicines, and/or creams and gels can be used in the treatment of skin infections. Severe, life-threatening infections ...Read more


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What are the chances of a skin infection(pus in skin,inflamed,painful) developing into necrotizing fasciitis?

What are the chances of a skin infection(pus in skin,inflamed,painful) developing into necrotizing fasciitis?

Rate Dependent: NecFasc happens fast. By the time your in the hospital, your organs are failing, let alone the actual limb or skin region. It's rare. Very common is cellulitis, carbuncles, erysipelas, all degrees of the same thing, an infection starting at the skin. Then there are abscesses, when the body forms a wall containing pus. They are by far more common, People with Necfasc have hard time getting into ER. ...Read more

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How are fungal skin infections caught?

How are fungal skin infections caught?

Fungal Infections: A doctor can diagnose ringworm based on the appearance of the rash or reported symptoms. He or she will ask about possible exposure to people or animals with ringworm. The doctor may take skin scrapings or samples from the infected area and look at them under a microscope to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Antibacterial soap good for skin infections?

Probably not: Antibiotic soap can prevent infections, but it's unlikely to treat them once they happen. ...Read more

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What is a skin infection caused by bacteria?

What is a skin infection caused by bacteria?

Cellulitis: Cellulitis is a way of describing a skin infection which is red and streaking up the skin from the wound, bite or or nidus of infection. ...Read more

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What % of elderly people get skin infections?

What % of elderly people get skin infections?

See below: There is no corrected answer. It depends on the individual's risk factor such as diabetes, stress, immobility, cardiovascular disease and complications from surgery. The bottom line is that the higher medical co-morbidity, the higher age, the greater risk of immunocomprised state for developing skin infections. ...Read more

Dr. Steven Griggs
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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


Pus (Definition)

Pus consists of white blood cells that have "eaten" bacteria and then died. You find pus resulting after an infection has established itself and the pus is a product of the body's immune ...Read more