Myths and Facts about Bacterial Skin Infections

Understanding the truth behind what causes bacterial skin infections and how they are spread can help you better protect yourself against contamination. The following are some common myths about bacterial skin infections uncovered:

Myth: Cellulitis is Contagious

Fact: Because cellulitis infects the deeper layers of the dermis, the infection cannot be given to another person simply by contact. However, the bacteria that cause cellulitis can be transferred from the infected person if the open wound is touched. The bacterial skin infections that can be contagious are the ones that affect the superficial layers of the skin such as Impetigo.

Myth: Cellulitis can only occur in skin that has an open wound

Fact: Although Cellulitis more commonly forms in skin that has a cut, scrape, or bite, Cellulitis can also infect skin that is not broken. People who have a low immune system or conditions such as diabetes and AIDS are also at a high risk of developing Cellulitis. There individuals also tend to develop more severe cases.

Myth: Impetigo will leave scars

Fact: The blisters caused by impetigo are superficial lesions on the skin and therefore, do not leave scars. People may experience some form of hyperigmentation once the blisters heal but this normally fades after several weeks.

Myth: Using antibacterial soaps can better prevent bacterial skin infections

Fact: According to the Food and Drug Administration and the American Medical Association, antibacterial soaps pose no added benefit for killing bacteria over regular soap.

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