Bacterial Infections

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Bacterial Infections/Pyodermas

Minor bacterial infections of foot are common – footwear creates a ‘hostile’ environment.

Five classical clinical signs of infection:
1) Rubor (erythema/redness)
2) Tumour (oedema/swelling)
3) Dolor (pain)
4) Calor (heat)
5) Functio laesa (loss of function)

Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of skin infections  impetigo, furuncles, carbuncles, cellulitis, wound infections, septicaemia
S. aureus has receptor for binding to fibrin  common in wounds

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