There are many curable skin diseases that affect both adults and children. These conditions can be embarrassing for the person who has them because the unhealthy skin is not attractive. We are wired to feel repulsed by anything that looks unhealthy so that we stay away from it and don’t get infected ourselves.
Curable skin diseases include fungal infections such as ringworm, bacterial infections such as impetigo, and viral infections such as those that cause herpes gladiotorum. These are all highly contagious and can affect people from all walks of life. Children and young athletes are more likely to get them because they spend so much time around people in close contact – in playgrounds, swimming pools and public gyms. The infections can spread through other vectors as well though.
Treatment for skin infections is usually a form of topical medication – with antifungal and antibacterial creams being common. Removing warts and verrucas is harder though, and usually requires using a slightly acidic cream to break down the infected skin, which triggers an immune response so that the body gets rid of the virus by itself. This can take quite a long time and requires diligent application, filing away of dead skin and bandaging to keep the affected area covered.
Our skin is actually covered in bacteria at all times, but most of that bacteria is ‘good’ and will not harm us. We become infected if we strip the good bacteria from our skin too vigorously, then allow bad bacteria to take their place – for example showering and shaving immediately before a gym class.
Skin infections are incredibly common among children, and most adults will experience one at some point in their life if they are feeling unwell or run down. An occasional skin infection is no cause for concern. If, however, someone were to experience recurring skin infections, then they should see a doctor to make sure that there is not an underlying cause. Yeast infections, for example, are more common among people who are diabetic or pre-diabetic. Cold sores and verrucas tend to surface more often in people who have a weakened immune system. Talk to a doctor for advice, so that they can rule out the possibility of an underlying condition that might be making you more vulnerable to infections, and give you advice to help stop infections from happening so often.