Skin infections can be bacterial, viral, parasitic, and even fungal. You can get them anywhere and everywhere. And sometimes, a small rash on the body can end up becoming a huge problem. So, what should you do to avoid skin infections and related diseases? How can you help people around you stay safe from the disease-causing agents? And how seriously should you take a skin infection?
Here are some detailed tips explaining these questions so you can put your best foot forward and save yourself from most skin problems.
How to avoid infection and disease?
Here are some tips that everyone should follow to stay safe and protect themselves from disease-causing agents.
- Maintain personal hygiene by washing hands regularly and taking a shower. If water and soap aren’t available to wash hands, use a sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Protect your skin from anything that looks dirty or may have germs on it. If by any chance any part of your skin comes in contact with an unclean surface, wash it immediately with soap or sanitize it.
- Keep your house and workplace free from dust, muck, and mold.
- If you are an adult, get Myers cocktail IV therapy to boost your immune system and make your skin glow. It is made up of vitamins and other beneficial nutrients for your body, strengthening it to fight infections.
- Avoid coming in contact with those with a skin infection or disease, as they are usually contagious.
How to properly wash your hands?
There is a certain way to wash your hands, and this technique helps keep all the germs away from your hands.
Begin with washing your hands with warm water and then applying soap. Rub your hands to make a lather, and continue to clean all areas of your hands for a minimum of 20 seconds. This is just as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice (pretty fast if you ask us). Then wash your hands once again with warm water and dry your hands using a towel or air dryer. If you use a paper towel, try and close the faucet with it as well.
This is the proper way of washing your hands, and you should also teach it to people around you.
Steps for Children
Children are at high risk for skin infections. This is why parents, guardians, and schools should put in an extra effort to try to maintain hygienic conditions. As a parent or guardian, enforce washing hands regularly, especially before eating food and after playing with toys or outside. Teach your child how to wash their hands as frequently as possible. Moreover, change your child’s hygiene products such as toothbrush and towel now and then. Also, trim your child’s nails and do not allow them to grow, as long nails are an ideal site for bacteria to multiply.
If you’re working in a school for children, it is your responsibility to disinfect your classrooms and athletic settings. Wash all the toys and mats regularly and sanitize the tables and chairs daily. If you have any linen or clothing, wash them regularly with detergent and hot water with a minimum temperature of 160°F. If no hot water is available for washing, add one cup of house-friendly bacteria killer to the laundry. Highlight the importance of cleanliness among your students.
If a child gets a skin infection, do not take it lightly; take them to a doctor. Follow all the steps mentioned by the doctor so that the skin infection does not worsen.
Steps for Athletes
Athletes, especially those involved in high-contact sports, are more prone to skin infections, which is why they need to be extra careful. They usually get viral and fungal infections. But with a little extra effort, they can save themselves and enjoy an infection-free life.
First of all, if you have any skin lesions or sores, inform your coach and do not participate until you have completely recovered or got it checked by a doctor. If you even have a small wound, let your coach know and get it checked by a doctor. Cover the wound properly before you begin playing. Stay away from saunas, steam rooms, and swimming pools if you have any of the abovementioned things.
Wear a full-sleeved shirt and full trousers if you can to avoid contact. Also, avoid sharing equipment, gear, or uniform, and clean yours regularly. Try to shower after every practice and use liquid soap instead of bar soap.
Steps for the home and workplace
Besides children and athletes, adults are also prone to skin infections, so they should keep their surroundings clean. You probably follow a routine for keeping your surroundings clean, but here are a few extra tips to help you keep skin infections at bay.
Avoid keeping any part of your house damp, such as the laundry room and washrooms. The goal is to stay away from moisture as far as possible since it is the root cause of several infections. Immediately take a shower after sweating to kill any germs.
Additionally, clean your keyboard, laptop, and phone daily as bacteria can easily grow on them. If you touch any old file at work, wear disposable gloves before touching the file or sanitize your hands immediately after touching it. Because old files are not only covered with dust but are also the perfect place for bacteria to exist.
Either don’t share personal items such as water bottles, utensils, and makeup with anyone, even if they are family members, or ensure they do not have any infection. Avoid sharing clothes and towels with anyone. In case you share any of your items with anyone, clean them before using them yourself.
When going to a public place, wear closed-toe shoes to protect your feet, and wear a towel when going into a sauna.
What to do if you get an infection or disease?
If you somehow manage to get a skin infection, you can use over-the-counter products. But this is only the case if you do not have any of the following symptoms.
- Pus or discharge
- Red/darkening skin changes
- Yellowish crust
- Sores or blisters
- Skin breakdown or ulcers
- Rash on mucosal surfaces
- Swelling, warmth, or pain
These symptoms indicate that the infection has gone beyond your control and that you should visit a doctor.
Skin infections should never be taken lightly; hence, you should follow all possible measures to avoid them. And if you end up with one somehow, treat it immediately because it takes little to no time for them to spread.