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Skin Infections

Written by Aroma Pacific


Posted on April 04 2018

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In the family of unpleasant skin infections I would like ... boils, whitlow and impetigo. Three infections caused in the majority of cases by staphylococcus aureus and / or streptococcus bacteria . 

The boil is characterized first of all by a small inflammation centered around a hair , painful, hot, covered with a red and shiny skin. After a few days a hard, yellow cone is formed, filled with pus, with the characteristic appearance of the boil. Leaving a red crater when it is eliminated, its scar is sometimes definitive. It is due to an infection with a staphylococcus aureus .

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection of bacterial origin , caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus. It is located on the face (around the nostrils, mouth or eyes) and especially affects children under 10 years . The symptoms of impetigo begin with a small red plaque on which vesicles appear which fill with pus. Then the lesions, very fragile, quickly give way to yellowish crusts. We sometimes witness the multiplication of lesions, the scraping of crusts carrying the microbe from one point to another. 

The paronychia is a very painful acute infection of the edge of the nail . It is caused by the inoculation of a germ following a small wound (splinter, sting, nails cut too close, tearing of the skin around the nail ...). The paronychia begins with a redness around the edge of the nail most often, accompanied by swelling, a feeling of warmth and painful shooting. Then, the pain becomes permanent and pulsatile. A whitish ball filled with pus is then formed. Most often, the infection must be treated in time to avoid spreading to tendon sheaths, joints and bones.

To fight against these skin infections, use anti-infectious essential oils, such as Tea Tree, Bay Leaf, Clove .



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