For the most part, the skin provides a very good barrier against warding off bacterial infections. Even though most bacteria come in contact with or reside on one’s skin, the bacteria are typically unable to cause an infection. However, when bacterial skin infections do occur, their infection can range in size from just a tiny little spot to covering the entire body surface. These infections can range in seriousness as well, from harmless to life threatening, and even death.
Bacterial skin infections will often develop when bacteria enter through hair follicles or through small breaks in the skin that result from scrapes, punctures, surgery, burns, sunburn, animal or insect bites, wounds, and preexisting skin disorders. People can often develop bacterial skin infections after they have participated in a large variety of activities, for example, swimming in a contaminated body of water (hot tub, pool, pond, lake, or ocean) to gardening in contaminated soil, or a child contracting one at school.
Here are 7 of the more common bacterial skin infections:
- Eczema is a type of skin inflammation that can cause red, itchy, and scaly skin. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including genetics, environmental triggers (such as exposure to certain chemicals or irritants), and underlying health conditions (such as allergies or asthma).
- Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin. The excess skin cells form scales and red patches that are sometimes painful and itchy. It is believed to be caused by an immune system problem.
- Boils are painful, pus-filled bumps that can develop on the skin. They are caused by an infection of the hair follicles, usually with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
- Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that causes red sores, which can break open and crust over. It is most common in children and is usually caused by the bacteria Streptococcus or Staphylococcus.
- MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) is a type of bacterial infection that is resistant to certain antibiotics. It can cause skin infections, as well as more serious infections in other parts of the body. MRSA is usually spread through direct skin-to-skin contact or by sharing contaminated items (such as towels or razors).
- Acne scars are the result of damage to the skin tissue after inflammation from acne. They can take various forms, including ice pick scars (deep pits), boxcar scars (angular scars), and rolling scars (wave-like indentations).
- Diabetic ulcers are sores that can develop on the feet of people with diabetes. They are caused by a combination of factors, including nerve damage (neuropathy), poor circulation, and high blood sugar levels. Diabetics with ulcers commonly experience infection with gram-positive organisms such as Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus, and gram-negative organisms like Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Klebsiella species, Proteus species, and anaerobes. These organisms also show multi-drug resistance to common antibiotics too. Diabetic ulcers can be difficult to heal and can lead to serious complications if left untreated.
Some infections involve just the skin, and others also involve the soft tissues under the skin. And, as we know, there are many types of bacteria that can infect the skin. The most common are Staphylococcus and Streptococcus. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (aka, MRSA) is a common bacterium causing skin infections in the United States.
MRSA is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics because for years now, it has undergone genetic changes that allow it to survive despite exposure to some antibiotics. And, because MRSA is resistant to several antibiotics that used to kill it, doctors often need to tailor their treatment based on how often MRSA is found in the local area of those affected and whether or not it has been found to be resistant to any other commonly used antibiotics.
People who are at particular risk of developing skin infections:
- Diabetics: these people are likely to have poor blood flow (especially to the hands and feet), have a high level of sugar (glucose) in their blood, which decreases their ability to fight infections
- Hospitalized or living in a nursing home
- Old Age (senior citizens)
- Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), AIDS or other immune disorders, or hepatitis
- Those undergoing chemotherapy or treatment with other drugs that suppress the immune system
- Damaged or inflamed skin: these folks are more likely to get an infection
Preventing bacterial skin infections should involve keeping one’s skin undamaged and clean as best as possible. When one’s skin is cut or scraped, the injury should be washed with soap and water immediately and then covered with a sterile bandage if available.
Sometimes, petrolatum may be used on the open areas to keep the skin tissue moist in order to best try and prevent bacterial invasion. Doctors recommend that people do not use antibiotic ointments (prescription or nonprescription) on uninfected minor wounds because of the risk of developing an allergy to the antibiotic.
Vitastem Ultra is a new & innovative topical antibiotic spray that utilizes a highly specialized combination of ingredients and has hacked the transdermal drug delivery formula that enables medicine to be transported at 10x the strength and depth of other skin care products in the marketplace today.
This incredibly unique formula stimulates the walls of the skin cells such that it is up to 10x more permeable than normal. This process allows for substantially more medicine to enter into the cell, in turn, overwhelming and killing the bacteria so fast that it doesn’t have enough time to adapt and develop any resistance to Vitastem’s antibiotic.
The innovative method of this highly concentrated and rapid delivery of medicine to the site of acne is what has many Vitastem patients seeing results within just 24 hours, and not 5 to 7 days (as is the case with other products that treat common bacterial skin infections).
Also, being that Vitastem Ultra is a topical antibiotic, it does not have the same ill-effects on the internal organs of the body as oral antibiotics often do. For example, unlike oral antibiotics, Vitastem will not harm the kidneys or the good bacteria in one’s stomach either. This helps provide a far more safe and effective treatment for nearly all types of skin infections.
In addition to treating the bacterial skin infection, Vitastem Ultra also infuses skin cells damaged by the infection with vitamin D3 and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). This leaves the patient’s skin treated and rejuvenated too.
If you or a loved one has a minor to severe bacterial skin infection, then you should really consider asking your doctor if Vitastem Ultra could be a good fit for you to treat and heal an infection quickly, so you can get back to living your life fully once again.