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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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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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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?

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?

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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How can get you get a skin Infection?

How can get you get a skin Infection?

Break in skin: Any break in the skin can allow bacteria in. Why do you ask? ...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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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 common skin infections in summer?

What are common skin infections in summer?

Many: Bites, photosensitive eruptions, poison ivy, phytophoto dermatitis (plant induced), seabather's eruption, sunburns! ...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

Dr. Arthur Balin
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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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