Skin is the largest organ of the body. Its function is to protect the body from infection. Sometimes the skin itself becomes infected. Skin infections are caused by a wide variety of germs, and symptoms can vary from mild to serious. Mild infections may be treatable with over-the-counter medications; other infections may require medical attention. A break in the skin due to a rash can increase complications after surgery. Many skin irritations, rashes and infections harbor germs that can infect a surgical wound. It is critical to have skin infections examined and treated by a health care provider, especially prior to a surgical procedure.
Here are some ways to prevent skin infections:
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