Minor skin infections in the pharmacy – Treatment with topical antibiotics and topical antivirals

  • Haley Van Wyk Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: minor skin infections, topical antibiotics, topical antivirals

Abstract

An important function of the skin is to protect the body from infection. The main causes of a skin infection include bacteria and viruses.1 Although many bacteria come in contact with or reside on the skin, they normally do not cause an infection. When bacterial skin infections do occur, they can range in size from a tiny spot to the entire body surface. They can range in seriousness as well, from harmless to life-threatening. Bacterial skin infections are commonly caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.2 There are several types of bacterial skin infections, for example, impetigo.1 Viral skin infections are commonly caused by the herpes simplex virus.1 Viral infections that affect only the skin may result in cold sores or other lesions.3

Author Biography

Haley Van Wyk, Amayeza Information Centre
BPharm Amayeza Information Centre
Section
Skin Care