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Skin Health and Infection Control

Importance of Skin Health

Skin: The body's largest organ, serving as a vital barrier against infection and providing sensory functions. It consists of the Epidermis, Dermis, and Hypodermis.

The Epidermis

The outer layer of tissue.

The Dermis

The second layer of connective tissue, filled with blood vessels.

The Hypodermis

The fatty layer just below the skin's surface.

Preventing Contamination

Individuals with infected wounds, sores, or dermatological lesions should avoid contact with healthcare supplies, body art equipment, or surfaces to prevent contamination. Workers should ensure their skin is free of rash or infection and cover any sores with bandages to avoid disease spread.

Common Skin Diseases

  • Bacterial Problems: Conditions like MRSA infection, often resembling ordinary skin wounds.
  • Viral Infections: Herpes Simplex, commonly found on the face and upper body, characterized by small blisters.
  • Fungal Infections: Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch, and Ringworm, causing red, itchy areas and easily spreading from person to person or through contaminated surfaces.

Risk Factors for Skin Disorders

Individuals with certain medical conditions, such as a history of Hepatitis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, blood disorders, skin diseases, allergies, or immune disorders, may be more susceptible to skin disorders. Tattooing or body art may adversely affect healing in these cases.