The skin is one of our first lines of defense against the outside world. It protects against aggressors such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. A skin infection occurs when such aggressors penetrate the skin and spread, causing pain, swelling, and skin color changes.
Skin infections are rarely life-threatening, but they can certainly cause significant distress to patients. Often, skin infections are misdiagnosed and therefore treated incorrectly, without resolution. In some cases, they worsen. Understanding the risk factors and clinical history of a patient presenting with a suspected skin infection is often just as important as being able to describe the morphology of their skin manifestations.
Lastly, it is important to consider any internal manifestations of skin infections. A patient with diffuse molluscum or verrucosis, for example, should make an astute clinician suspect immunocompromise.
Brilliant lecture by a Dr. Stephen Holt. Great content and detailed way of explaining it all.
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I liked the visual images accompanying the description, as I’m very unfamiliar with soft tissue infections. I liked the use of a clinical case presentation, and the subsequent process of elimination. It would have been helpful if descriptive words used to characterize the skin lesions were further elaborated on, such as for example “maculopapular”
I found it really helpful for my NP exam on derm. I like the case studies and differentials it really helps to frame it as a rule in rule out problems.