“Bacteria” they can be good and they can be bad. They help us in digestion, killing disease-causing cells, getting the vitamins and maintaining our health and wellness… But they are helpful only in the right places and amounts… There are bacteria that can cause various types of serious skin infections by producing toxins and reproducing quickly. If proper care is not taken, these infections can, not only damage your health, but even spread to others causing mass infections.

anti3-protect-series-what-are-these-infections 1. Staph: Caused by a group of bacteria called Staphylococcus, Staph cause diseases like Boils, Food poisoning, cellulites and toxic shock syndrome, by producing toxins in high amount. Staph related illness can range from mild to severe and potentially fatal. It goes without saying that if you happen to notice any symptoms of Staph, for example a collection of pus, such as boils, abscess and the area appear to be tender and swollen. You must take immediate precautions and treatment.

  2. Ringworm: It is a fungal infection caused by fungi of different species. These fungi looks out for places in the body that are warm and moist and they feed on Keratin. Which means Skin makes a perfect place for these fungal growths. You would be shocked to know that more that 20 percent of the population are estimated to be affected with ringworm. Sportsman, children and physical fitness professional are more prone to get ringworm, mainly as an infection from another infected person. That means it can spread faster in a group, thus affecting much larger population. It is important that when affected, it is properly treated and special precautions are taken to avoid its spread.

  3. Athlete’s Foot: Also known as tinea pedis, athlete’s foot is most common and contagious fungal infection of the skin that can result in scaling, itching and flaking of the affected area. Caused by fungi Epidermophyton floccosum, it gets transmitted in moist communal areas, like showers, bathhouses etc. And can even incubate inside of a shoe or by walking on contaminated objects and floors. It affects the feet, but can even spread to various other body parts like grin. According to a recent study, about 15% of the population is estimated to be affected by Athelete’s Foot.

  4. Jock itch: It is a common itchy rash of the groin, caused by a fungal infection that can get intense, causing rashes and spread to inner thighs, genitals and anus. When the condition gets worse, it can become unbearable. The rash can become dry, rough and even pus can get developed or bumps start to ooze. It can also convert into fever or chills. A good antifungal cream is required for the immediate relief.

  5. Impetigo: Caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus, Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition that appears on the face, neck and hands of young children and infants. There can be different types of Impetigo, like Impetigo Contagiosa, Bullous Impetigo, Ecythma. It gets spread mainly through the activities that involve skin-to-skin contact. It results in red sores, fluid-filled blisters, skin lesions, itchy rash, swollen lymph nodes. A good antibiotic cream when applied to the sores can cure the infection and provide long-term relief.