I thought it was eczema and put on an ointment… Infectious skin disease may be more severe

It often happens that a person gets or worsens a skin disease after going on vacation with excitement. Skin flushing and pigmentation due to ultraviolet rays, itching caused by moisture and sweat, and infection caused by insect bites, etc. There are big and small risks that hurt the skin in vacation spots. Among various skin diseases, we looked at representative infectious skin diseases that are easily infected in summer. Recently, I met Kim Yoo-chan, president of the Korean Dermatological Association (Professor of Dermatology, Ajou University Medical School), who is leading the scabies eradication project.

―Infectious skin diseases to watch out for at this time… .

“Infectious skin diseases often occur when it is hot and particularly humid like these days. Fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and bacterial infections, are common. For example, in hot weather, sweating between the toes causes athlete’s foot to become damp. Rarely, secondary bacterial infection may lead to cellulitis. In addition, if you sweat a lot due to hot weather, folliculitis often occurs on the body or scalp.

Fungal diseases such as tinea versicolor are also common on the trunk. Impetigo is a highly contagious skin disease caused by a bacterium. It is especially common in children in the summer.”

―It seems that there are various treatments for skin diseases… .

“First of all, if there is pain or heat along with reddening of the skin (erythema), there is a possibility of bacterial infection, so it is good to visit a hospital to check for bacterial infection. Depending on the situation of skin disease, it is necessary to apply antibiotic ointment or take antibiotics to eat. Cellulitis, in particular, requires systemic antibiotic treatment. If a fungal infection, i.e. athlete’s foot, is suspected, antifungal medication should be applied, and antifungal medication may be taken as needed. However, it is difficult to distinguish fungal infection from eczema, so people often mistakenly apply a steroid ointment at home, thinking it is an antifungal ointment, and the condition worsens. It is difficult for the general public to distinguish steroid ointments because their ingredients are written.

At this time, you need to check the efficacy and effectiveness. It is written that steroid ointment is mainly effective and effective for eczema such as atopic dermatitis, dermatitis, and insect bites. There is no mention of antifungal (athlete’s foot) effects, so it can be distinguished from antifungal ointments. Also, in general, if it does not improve even after applying a steroid ointment to the same area every day and the size increases little by little, you need to suspect토토사이트 a fungal infection and visit a specialist to see if you need to apply antifungal drugs under an accurate diagnosis.”

―To prevent infectious skin diseases… .

“Bacteria and fungi grow easily in damp places, so it is very important to dry your skin when you sweat a lot in hot weather. In particular, clean and dry the areas where moisture gathers, such as skin wrinkles, heels, and between the fingers and toes.

Wipe it off with a handkerchief or use a fan or air conditioner to cool off the sweat. Especially in summer, it is good to choose a material that absorbs a lot of sweat, shoes with good ventilation, and clothes with good absorbent material. Taking a shower every day and using an appropriate soap or cleanser are essential to maintaining cleanliness. It’s a good idea to take a shower immediately after activities that make you sweat a lot. If cuts, abrasions, rashes, etc. occur on the skin, appropriate treatment should be performed using antiseptic or anti-inflammatory agents. It is important to eat a balanced diet and get regular exercise and enough sleep to strengthen the body’s immunity.”

―Diseases that often occur in group life… .

“It has nothing to do with the season, but scabies is a disease that increases in group living such as in nursing facilities. In the case of scabies, the Korean Dermatological Society has been carrying out the ‘National Health Project to Eliminate Scabies’ since this year, which is being done by dermatologists as volunteers for the public’s skin health.

Through a business agreement with the Korean Convalescent Hospital Association, 277 convalescent hospitals in 14 regions across the country, which have applied in advance, are designated with dedicated dermatologists to provide direct visit treatment, management, and counseling. In addition, as detailed projects, various activities are being promoted, such as online education and medical consultation, information and education platform establishment, academic research database establishment, visiting medical treatment system, and cooperative support of dermatologist associations. Educational videos on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of scabies are prepared on the YouTube channel, Korean Dermatological Society TV- dermatologist channel, so if you suspect scabies, you can get help.”






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