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Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger person?

Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger person?

Fragile skin: As people age, the skin becomes more fragile. Outer layer of skin (epidermis) becomes thinner. Underlying protective fat layer also thins. Fragile skin leads to more skin injuries (e.g. Skin tears and breaks in skin) and increased risk of bacterial infection. It is important to keep skin well moisturized as dry skin is more prone to injury and infection. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
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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


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Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Why would an elderly person be more prone to skin infections than a younger woman?

Barrier: Think about how much sun damage and how much thinner the skin is on an elderly person. Your skin is your barrier. As you age, the barrier weakens, it is thinner - your infection risk goes up because the barrier is weaker and has less defense against the outside. ...Read more

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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

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Could i confuse skin infection for herpes?

Yes: Herpes itself is usually a skin infection. There are many bacteria that can cause skin infection as there are viruses. Fungal infections are also skin infection. It is not always clear to a doc the specific type of organism causing infection. Herpes will often look different when infecting different body parts: fingers, mouth, genitals (different male vs female). ...Read more

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How do I know if my skin infection is healing?

Thanks for asking!: The pain, the redness, the swelling, the warmth around it should all be improving. ...Read more

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What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

What are signs I got skin infection from my makeup?

Pus: Clogged hair follicles with acne like pus pimples would be sign of skin infection. Stop and discard makeup and see doctor fortress, ENT with topical or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

Wash well & see Dr.: After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting animal, rabies is a possibility (see a dr. Within a day or so). ...Read more

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If I have a MRSA skin infection, should I be tested to see if I am a carrier? Also, suggestions on cleaners to wash house down now that I know I have

Check out CDC: 1st the CDC (center for disease control) has a GREAT website resource for you. Look up CDC MRSA. You could be considered infectious. Soap on your body may reduce MRSA, you may use alcohol to spot kill MRSA on your body. Bleach will kill MRSA on floors etc. Hot water and soap should reduce or neutralize most MRSA on laundry. MRSA now occurs in our environment- no way to "remove" it. Be well. ...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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From net i read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

From net i read that keflex is not good for skin infection today. Is it true?

Absolutely not: Keflex has always been one of the mainstay antibiotics for skin infections, right next to penicillin. There are other choices available in case of allergy or resistance. ...Read more

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I have a certain skin infection. I think it's viral. I need to show an image. Please respond so I can.

I have a certain skin infection. I think it's viral. I need to show an image. Please respond so I can.

Skin rash: Even by providing a thorough description of the characteristics of the rash, other symptoms and any relative history (like exposure to something) may help us give ideas. Ideally 'seeing it' will help too... Hope you can get some answers. ...Read more

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I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.

I have a skin infection that had been going on for a while and it's getting worse, I think it's ring worm but I'm not sure.

Hard to say: Hard to say much without more detailed history and a photo. If you think it looks like ringworm and you don't have a fever or rapidly progressing rash, try an over the counter antifungal for a week. Generic Clotrimasole will work. Continue for several weeks twice a day until clear. If at any point it worsens again, you will need to be seen. I hear great things about your health system! ...Read more

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I applied Mupirocin on my skin infection usually at 8am then 2pm or 3pm then 9 or 10pm. Is that okay even it's not 8 hrs in between?

I applied Mupirocin on my skin infection usually at 8am then 2pm or 3pm then 9 or 10pm. Is that okay even it's not 8 hrs in between?

8 hours: Not a problem. No two people have the same time interval for applyning creams. The 8 hours in between is the average time not the definitive time. Relax and get better soon. ...Read more

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I have a stubborn skin infection that has been treated with antibiotics for 4 weeks now. No improvement. What could my dr try next? I am concerned

Need right diagnosis: Diagnosis needs to be re-evaluated. Maybe it is not infection. Was a culture taken or any other test to confirm that this is an infection. If it is an infection, it is essential to determine what type: bacteria, fungus, virus etc. The diagnosis should be as specific as possible so that proper treatment can be obtained. Sometimes an incision is needed to drain the infection out. Discuss with your d. ...Read more

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What does it mean for my infected skin to be pussing non stop? I had a skin infection and it was healing well but then it came back but it has spread

What does it mean for my infected skin to be pussing non stop? I had a skin infection and it was healing well but then it came back but it has spread

Not treated: What you describe indicated the infection has not been completely treated. See your doctor so a culture can be taken and you are given the proper medication as well as wound care instructions to minimize risk of recurrence. ...Read more

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I have skin infection behind my neck, skin is rough and black at the place and there is a lit of itching, can anyone suggest me what kind of infection?

I have skin infection behind my neck, skin is rough and black at the place and there is a lit of itching, can anyone suggest me what kind of infection?

See a dermatologist: You may have something called acanthosis nigricans, which is really not an infection. If the back of your neck feels velvety and soft and is darker than the rest of your skin it is possible you have this. To be sure i would see a dermatologist, since it can be associated with other things. ...Read more

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How can I cure ringworm skin infection?

How can I cure ringworm skin infection?

Anti-fungal cream: You can try an anti-fungal cream like clotrimazole, miconazole, terbinafine, and others. If that doesn't work, sometimes an oral anti-fungal prescription is needed. ...Read more

Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Damage to the outermost layer of tissue covering the ...Read more