Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

Monday, October 26, 2015

Skin and soft tissue infections are microbial infections that can be challenging to diagnose and treat depending on the organism that is causing it. Dr. Edward Hill gives us some useful information about these types of infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Infections of the skin and underlying tissues happen when germs enter through breaks in the skin.

Boils and abscesses are examples of simple skin infections. These kinds of infections are more common in children and older adults, in people who are frail or malnourished, and in people with health problems like diabetes.

People with simple infections have pain, swelling, redness and heat near the infected skin. More severe infections can cause a fever, vomiting, weakness or drowsiness.

MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This is a germ that is difficult to treat because it cant be controlled with many commonly used antibiotics. It causes nearly six out of 10 skin and soft tissue infections.

Simple infections can be treated with antibiotic ointments or pills. Sometimes doctors use a scalpel to cut open the wound and remove pus. Patients with serious medical conditions or very bad infections might need to be admitted to the hospital for surgery.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.