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Why do some skin infections stay on the surface layer, while others head deeper into the skin?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
In brief: Depends...
...On the how aggressive the strain of bacteria is, whether it is treated with the proper antibiotic before it has a chance to head deeper, where the infection is located (it's easier for bacteria to go deeper in certain areas), and how good the patient's immune system is working.
Other factors include the presence of cuts or scrapes on the skin surface and the level of hygiene.

In brief: Depends...
...On the how aggressive the strain of bacteria is, whether it is treated with the proper antibiotic before it has a chance to head deeper, where the infection is located (it's easier for bacteria to go deeper in certain areas), and how good the patient's immune system is working.
Other factors include the presence of cuts or scrapes on the skin surface and the level of hygiene.
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