contagious skin disease

Spotlight On… Impetigo

by Deen Kurrimbux

Impetigo is a common and highly contagious superficial skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus that results in sores and skin blisters.

Spotlight On… Scabies

by Deen Kurrimbux

Scabies is a skin condition caused by the parasitic Sarcoptes scabiei mite. It causes intense itchiness and rashes brought on by the host body’s reaction of the immune system to the presence of the mites’ saliva, eggs and faeces. With the unaided eye the mites appear as specks on the surface of the skin. The female mite burrows under the surface and proceeds to lay eggs after the male has roamed around looking for burrow sites and mates with the female.

scabies

Spotlight On… Impetigo

by Deen Kurrimbux

Impetigo is a common and highly contagious superficial skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus that results in sores and skin blisters.

impetigo

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The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.

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