Your skin is an important barrier against infection. Keeping it as healthy as possible will help you stay healthy and free of infection. Here is some information on what to look out for and a few tips:
Protection from the sun
The sun can be very damaging to your skin causing burns and dryness. Protect your skin by using sunscreen, wearing long sleeve shirts whenever possible, and using hats - don’t forget to cover up your ears!
Cracked or dry skin can allow little bacteria to enter your body, often leading to an extremely painful infection of the tissue below your skin called cellulitis. You can prevent this by keeping your skin dry and moisturizing with lotion as best as possible.
Athlete’s foot or dermatophytoses
These are common and highly contagious fungal infections which can be prevented by wearing sandals in public showers and keeping your feet dry inside your shoes. They can usually be treated with over-the-counter creams, such as: Lotrimin, Athlete’s Foot Cream, or Antifungal Cream.
Painful corns and calluses
Common in people who walk a lot throughout the day or who wear shoes that don’t fit well. Although some over the counter medications exist to help, if they become extremely painful, begin to bleed, or turn red you may need medical care.