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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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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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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

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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

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How can I prevent skin infections, naturally? I find that I am prone to skin infections like ringworm, athlete's foot, infected hair folicles. What are some holistic methods of prevention?

How can I prevent skin infections, naturally? I find that I am prone to skin infections like ringworm, athlete's foot, infected hair folicles. What are some holistic methods of prevention?

Try Effervess Revive: Revtt ive is a all natural organic aloe vera body gel. Aloe vera is an ancient plant that helps a variety of skin conditions. Effervess is pure aloe vera visit www.Effervess.Com to order. ...Read more

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I have become prone to fungal & viral skin infections. Can you suggest, what can be the cause?

I have become prone to fungal & viral skin infections. Can you suggest, what can be the cause?

Need more info: What exactly are the infections you are referring to? More specific informations about exactly what types of skin infections you are having is needed. The cause can range from benigh to more serious immune disorder. ...Read more

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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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What are the most common symtoms of a 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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Can it be possible to use sporidex ds in minor injury or wound or skin infection?

Can it be possible to use sporidex ds in minor injury or wound or skin infection?

Infection: It is physically possible to use sporidex for an infection, however, it may or may not do any good. This medicine only treats certain bacteria, which may not be the ones in the infected area. The wisest course of action is to see a doctor for evaluation and appropriate treatment of the infection. ...Read more

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Would anyone get a skin infection from pulling weeds / planting flowers?

Would anyone get a skin infection from pulling weeds / planting flowers?

Sporotrichosis: There are number of infections you could get, but one of the most important ones to know about is sporotrichosis, a fungal infection often associated with rose gardening. You can find good pictures of what the skin lesions look like on the web a characteristic feature is that it typically starts on the hand and spread upward along lymphatic tracts. ...Read more

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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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