Last Modified on Feb 13, 2015
Common Skin Infections - Causes and Treatments
Just as the name suggests, a skin infection is quite literally an infection of the skin. Typically, such an infection involves the colonization of foreign species on the skin at any level. The infecting organism generally invades the skin and then multiplies, causing a growing infection and spread of the condition. The pathogen or infecting organism typically interferes with the normal functioning of the host and can lead to additional issues such as chronic wounds, gangrene, the loss of a limb and even death if left untreated.
The exact symptoms of a skin infection are determined more specifically by the actual cause or type of infection. Nonetheless, many skin conditions cause fairly standard symptoms including redness, tenderness and swelling of the affected and adjacent skin. Itching, irritation and pus-filled lesions are also common of skin infections. Some severe infections may even cause fever, chills and sweats, extreme tenderness and swollen lymph nodes.
Common skin infections can be categorized into roughly four groups. Generally speaking, the categories identify the underlying cause of the disorder. The common types of skin infection include bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic. Common bacterial infections include cellulitis and impetigo while shingles, warts and herpes simplex represent viral skin infections. Athlete’s foot and yeast infections are fungal, and body lice, head lice and scabies are parasitic.
Natural Skin Infection Treatments
While many skin infections get better with time, treatment is often required to prevent spreading of the infection as well as additional complications. Most skin infections can be effectively treated using natural remedies such as turmeric, apple cider vinegar, boric acid, hydrogen peroxide and Echinacea root. Additionally, applying a poultice to the affected area also treats and eliminates infection. Effective poultice remedies include bread, charcoal and flaxseed, charcoal and garlic and onion. Keeping the affected skin clean and dry is also crucial.
[YEA] Thanks for your website. I developed a skin infection several weeks ago. I manifested itself by an itchy, red rash that developed into blister/boil type skin irritation just north of the knee. I soaked a piece of cotton gauze with apple cider vinegar and applied it directly to the area secured by a piece of paper tape overnight for 4 or 5 nights and also during the day a couple times. It completely healed up and is gone. Thank you.
[YEA] Over a year ago I got some skin disorder from wearing dirty gloves. I ended up with about 10 patches on my hand where the skin would constantly peel off. I tried all sorts of moisterisers, then I had positive results from fungle creams and lotions but still kept coming back.So the Doctor was next, His medication never worked either. Then a bloke I know who proclaims to be an Alchemist said "Half water, half apple cider vinegar in a squirter bottle. Spray on the hands a couple of times a day. Plus drink a cap full". And wulla, its gone. Apparently it evens out the PH levels in the skin. I advise to use natural oils (eg. Coconut) to moisterise the skin also. Now to see if it can cure my reflux.
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London, Ontario, Canada