What are Contagious Skin Diseases

Contagious skin diseases are problems of the skin that can be caused by viral, fungal or bacterial microorganisms which can be passed on to other people. We know that the skin acts as our own protection against the environment around us. If an opportunity for viruses, bacteria or fungus tries to penetrate the protective wall, this can result in contagious skin disease. At Advanced Dermatology, we provide patients suffering from infectious diseases with professional evaluation and care.

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Types of Contagious Skin Disease

Athlete’s Foot – This is a common infection of the skin which can be found on the feet. It is caused by fungus and symptoms include scaling, redness and itching.

Chickenpox – Is a contagious skin disease that causes rashes, fever, tiredness and itching for the affected individual.

Diaper Rash – Is a very common skin concern for babies and can be caused by contact dermatitis or yeast infection.

Folliculitis – is a skin condition where the hair follicles of a person become inflamed.

Head Lice – These are tiny insects that infest one’s hair and can be passed from one person to another.

Herpes Simplex – This is a viral disease that may result in small blisters on the skin.

Impetigo – A common and contagious skin disease, this condition usually affects children and infants with red sores on their face, hands and feet.

Molluscum – Also called water warts, is a viral skin infection which results in small and pink lesions with a little dimple in the middle.

Scabies – Although not an infection, scabies is an infestation of very small mites that stay on the outer layer of human skin.

Shingles – This is a viral infection that causes a person to experience a painful rash.

Warts – These are growths on the skin that are small and quite rough and are caused by excessive keratin.

Advice from Advanced Dermatology

For you to avoid getting and spreading any contagious skin disease, it is always important that you practice proper hygiene at all times. Make sure that you wash your hands regularly using water and soap and avoid sharing clothing with other people. This includes towels and other hair items that you might want to borrow. Your professional healthcare provider will treat your condition orally, topically or surgically based on your diagnosis.


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