In Practice

In the case of an infectious skin condition, no treatment can be carried out until all signs of infection have ceased. This is to prevent cross-infection and to avoid the condition spreading and/or worsening.

Conjunctivitis

This is a bacterial infection following irritation of the conjunctiva of the eye. The inner eyelid and eyeball appear red and sore and there may be a pus-like discharge from the eye. The infection spreads by contact with the secretions from the eye of the infected person.

Folliculitis

This bacterial infection occurs in the hair follicles of the skin and appears as a small pustule at the base of a hair follicle. There is redness, swelling and pain around the hair follicle.

Impetigo

Impetigo

This is a superficial contagious inflammatory disease caused by streptococcal and staphylococcal bacteria. It is commonly seen on the face and around the ears and its features include weeping blisters which dry to form honey-coloured crusts. This bacteria is easily transmitted by dirty fingernails and towels.

Stye

This is an acute inflammation of a gland at the base of an eyelash, caused by a bacterial infection. The gland becomes hard and tender, and a pus-filled cyst develops at the centre.

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