Normally the skin provides very effective protection for the body against infection however there are times when the skin integrity can be compromised through cuts, scrapes or puncture wounds.
As a result bacterial skin infection can occur.1
Bacterial skin infections develop when bacteria enters the body through the hair follicles or through skin breaks. These infections can range in size from a red spot to large patches of the skin surface, and in seriousness from mild and harmless to severe. 1
Some people are at particular risk of developing bacterial skin infections1:
- People with diabetes, who are likely to have poor circulation and a high level of sugar in their blood, which decreases their ability to fight infections
- People who have limited mobility
- People who have human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS or other immune disorders, or hepatitis
- People undergoing chemotherapy or treatment with other medicines that suppress the immune system
Common bacterial skin infections include1:
Many types of bacteria can infect the skin yet one of the most common are Staphylococcus.1Topical antibiotics play an important role in the treatment of primary bacterial skin infections and can eradicate harmful bacteria from the skin surface.2
For a mild bacterial infection, ask your pharmacist about a topical antibiotic from Adcock Ingram.
Ask your pharmacist about the Dermatologists No. 1 choice3 topical antibiotic from Adcock Ingram. It’s the ideal topical antibiotic to eradicate S. aureus in the treatment of bacterial skin infections.4
1. Merck Manuals [Online] https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/skin-disorders/bacterial-skin-infections/overview-of-bacterial-skin-infections. Accessed February 2020.
2. Leyden JJ. The Role of Topical Antibiotics in Dermatologic Practice [online] 25 June 2003 [cited March 2020]; Available from URL: https://www.medscape.org/viewarticle/457542_6.
3. Impact Rx Data (D6A) January 2020.
4. Rigopoulos D, Larios G. Fusidic acid: a valuable agent for controlling Staphylococcus aureus skin infections. Acta Derm Venereol 2008; Suppl 216: 7–13.
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