Integumentary System

Athlete's Foot

Athlete's Foot is a fungal infection in which moist areas of the skin are targeted. It can lead to scaling, flaking and itching of the skin. This fungus is found on the feet but can spead to the limbs and also the groin area. It can be contracted in places like pools or bathhouses. Athlete's foot can be prevented by practicing good hygiene. Once diagnosed you can be treated pharmaceutically or with other treatments.

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Athlete's Foot can be transmited from person to person by sharing footwear or even towels with an infected person.

Cold Sores

Often called fever blisters, cold sores are red swollen and sore blisters that form in groups that usually heal in a range of 2 days to 2 weeks. They may break open and release a clear fluid in which after they will scab over and heal. These are caused by HSV, or herpes simplex virus. There are two types HSV1 and HSV2 both can cause genital herpes and mouth and lip sores. Herpes can enter the body by coming in contact with a break in the skin or coming close to the mouth. It is spread by kissing an infected person, touching their saliva, or sharing items such as a razor, water bottle, or eating utinsles. Cold sores typically heal on their own, but can be treated with medication such as creams or pills.
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Impentigo is a skin disease caused by bacterial infection. Sores and blisters form on the hands, neck, face and groin. It can be easily obtained if the person is already experiencing skin problems such as insect bites or eczema. Good hygiene prevents this, and if it is obtained by the person creams and medications will fight it off.
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Psoreasis is an infection of the skin and can also become an infection of the immune system. It is caused by rapid multiplication of skin cells that results in raised red sores. psoriasis can be caused by many factors including emotional stress, trauma to the skin or immune system disorders. typically this can lead to arthritis in joints in as much as 30% of psoriasis victims.

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