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Dr. David Kahan
317 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
317 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 your doctor about TMJ (spasm of muscles to jaw joint), as it could cause ear pain
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Look for ear pain or ear drainage, as they are both signs of infection
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See a doctor if you think you have an ear 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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Treating Dry Skin (Checklist)

Use moisturizers regularly
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Use mild soap when washing your skin
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Limit overexposure to detergents or soaps
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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 Skin Allergies (Checklist)

Use hydrocortisone
2x day
Do not use diphenhydramine topical cream
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Avoid the offending agent (s)
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Find out if you are allergic to nickel, as nickel is often the cause of skin allergies
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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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Treating Skin Tags (Checklist)

Do not treat them yourself
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Avoid picking at them
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Have them removed by a doctor if needed
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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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Living with Skin Cancer (Checklist)

Avoid sun exposure between 10 am and 2 pm
daily
Apply sunscreen
2x day
Wear a hat outdoors on sunny days
daily
See a dermatologist for checkups
2x year
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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 a Kidney Infection (Checklist)

Call your doctor if you have a fever or back pain
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Begin your antibiotic immediately and complete the entire course
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Drink plenty of fluids to stay well hydrated and to help flush the infection
Daily
Get plenty of rest and sleep to help your body fight the infection
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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

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Treating Eye Infections (Checklist)

Throw away any used contact lenses
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Do not occlude or cover your eyes
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If you have pink eye, wash face towels separately with hot water
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Are there any at home treatments for skin infection or bacteria infection on my finger?

Finger infections: Please see your doctor right away. There are no home treatments for bacterial infections. They need to be cultured and to be treated with antibiotics to be taken by mouth. Untreated bacterial infections of fingers can easily spread upward to infect the arm and the rest of the body. ...Read more

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How to cure skin infection as most of the time I used to rub the whole skin. Kindly suggest me?

How to cure skin infection as most of the time I used to rub the whole skin. Kindly suggest me?

If it is an: Infection, it could be fungal, viral, or bacterial. If it is inflammation, it could be allergic or irritation. Treatment really depends on maing correct diagnosis, so go see a skin doctor, dermatologist. ...Read more

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Treating a Bladder Infection (Checklist)

Ask your doctor about taking an antibiotic
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Drink plenty of fluids to help dilute the urine and flush the bladder
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Avoid irritating fluids and food, such as caffeine, citrus, alcohol, and spicy foods
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Take an over-the-counter urinary analgesic for pain and to soothe the bladder
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How to get rid of a durable skin infection?

How to get rid of a durable skin infection?

With: Appropriate antibiotics and skin care of the wound ...Read more

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I want to know the best cream or drugs for my scars at my legs due to the skin infection.

I want to know the best cream or drugs for my scars at my legs due to the skin infection.

Scars: Talk to your doctor. Sometimes laser treatments can greatly improve the appearance of scars. ...Read more

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Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

Do you know the name of a tablet for fungal skin infection?

Yes, I do.: There are several; the most popular at the moment are terbinafine (trade name lamisil), ketoconazole (trade name nizoral), itraconazole (trade name sporanox), and Fluconazole (trade name diflucan). All have advantages and disadvantages, depending on the nature and location of the infection. An older medication called Griseofulvin is still used sometimes, but a lot of fungi are resistant to it now. ...Read more

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Skin infection on scrotum. I have developed on my scrotum. It really gets itchy and can't avoid scratching. Pls help?

Skin infection on scrotum. I have developed on my scrotum. It really gets itchy and can't avoid scratching. Pls help?

Go to see doc/derm: Go to see your doc/dermatologist to examine your skin and for therapy. It could be fungal infection like tinea cruris vs other. ...Read more

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Treating Clostridium Difficile Infection (Checklist)

Minimize use of broad spectrum antibiotics, as clostridium difficile infection is a common complication
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Stay out of hospitals as much as possible
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Use probiotics to outcompete the clostridium difficile bacteria
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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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