Maintaining excellent personal hygiene and properly treating wounds when the skin is injured will dramatically decrease your chances of contracting a bacterial skin infection. Since the skin is most susceptible to infection when a cut or scrape exists, it is very important to keep the area clean by washing the wound with soap and water. To further protect the skin use an antibiotic cream before putting on a bandage. If the injury affects a large portion of the skin your treatment provider may prescribe oral antibiotics instead. When you are playing contact sports outdoors make sure to safeguard your skin from injury by wearing protective gear. One of the most common causes of cellulitis is dirt and soil coming into contact with cuts and scrapes.
Also, always make sure your hands are clean before touching any wound. Our hands are constantly exposed to bacteria throughout the day so it is crucial to wash them before touching the skin to help prevent the spread of germs. To properly wash your hands use soap and water and scrub all areas of the hands and wrists, paying close attention to the fingernails and between the fingers. Do this for at least 15 seconds.
Not only is it important to keep your skin clean but it is also imperative to maintain clean surroundings. Bacteria thrive in dirty and damp environments so keeping up a clean living and work space will help to better prevent you from infection.
If you are infected with a bacterial skin infection, remember to wash clothes and linens that have come in contact with the infected area including hats, bed sheets, and towels. This will help prevent the bacteria from spreading and infecting anyone else.