oa SA Pharmacist's Assistant - Superficial skin infections in the pharmacy : skin care

Volume 13, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9634
  • E-ISSN: 2220-1068



The skin usually provides a good barrier against infection. However, skin that is inflamed or damaged by sunburn, scratching or other trauma is more likely to become infected. In addition, certain people are at higher risk of contracting skin infections, i.e. those with diabetes mellitus or immune disorders, such as human immunodeficiency virus or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, or those undergoing chemotherapy. This article discusses common superficial skin infections which may be encountered in the community pharmacy setting.

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