Skin is the largest organ in our body. Its main function is protecting people from environment, particularly bacteria, fungus and unwanted substances, says Dr. Nina Dieguez, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida. With a digital imaging, Dr. Dieguez explains what the skin layers are and how infections can occur. She also describes that people have three layers: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue.
There are several underlying diseases that can cause skin infections such as diabetes, eczema and psoriasis, HIV, Lupus and COPD (Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Patients who have one, or more, of these conditions are more prone to skin infections, explains Dr. Nina Dieguez, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida.
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) explains which vaccines are necessary for people in case they travel out of the country. Dr. Nina Dieguez, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, advises going under cdc.gov and checking which vaccinations people will need for their travel. She also explains the body reaction with the mosquito saliva.
Dr. Ketevan Vladi, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, explains the signs and symptoms of skin infections. She describes four factors: redness, swelling and pain, pus or other drainage and fever and chills. She advises addressing any skin infections if the symptoms get worse. Dr. Nina Dieguez, Internal Medicine Physician at the same place, also affirms a healthcare professional will determine which type the infection it is and what agent will need to be used to treat infection from the skin.
Dr. Nina Dieguez, Internal Medicine Physician with Baptist Health South Florida, explains cellulitis is a skin infection that affects the first and second layers of the skin. The big problem, according to the specialist, with this condition is that if it invades, it starts multiplying and reproducing out at a rapid pace, it can go even further and into a bloodstream. If this occurs, the infection can cause systemic disease, sepsis and even septic shock. It is treated with topical and oral antibiotics. Carbuncles are another skin infection. She explains It's an infection of the hair follicle and needs surgical attention.