Degloving Injuries

What Is Degloved Injury?

Degloved injury is a type of skin infection caused by bacteria or fungi on the surface of your body. The bacteria or fungus may be carried in the air, water, food, soil, clothing or other objects around you. When these organisms come into contact with your skin they cause irritation and pain. If left untreated this can lead to scarring and even death if not properly treated.

How Does Degloved Injury Affect You?

If you have been exposed to degloved bacteria or fungi on your skin, then you are likely to develop a mild form of the disease. For example, if you were exposed to the spores of Staphylococcus aureus (strep throat) while swimming in contaminated water, then you would probably experience some symptoms such as burning sensations and redness. However, most people do not get sick from this exposure.

However, if you have been exposed to degloved bacteria or fungi on your skin, but you did not swim in contaminated water, then you will probably develop a severe form of the disease. For example, if you were exposed to the spores of Staphylococcus epidermidis (fungal sinusitis), which are found naturally on the skin and cause inflammation and pain when touched or scratched.

How Is It Treated?

If you believe you have been exposed to degloved bacteria or fungi on your skin, you should seek medical attention immediately. Degloving injury may resemble an infection, but not all infections are caused by bacteria or fungi. Your doctor will prescribe topical or internal medicine to treat the condition and prevent complications.

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