Just like any other part of your body, you want your skin to be problem free. Isn’t it? No it is not always about the aging signs or dull skin appearance. This time it is about the contagious skin diseases, which are not only harmful to you but also dangerous for those living/ working with you. Find them here.
Skin disease comes in different forms and they can affect any part of your body. While the reason behind every skin disorder may vary, but when it comes to symptoms, they share some common signs. Thus, often it becomes hard to recognize, what actually the person is suffering from. Secondly, these diseases are generally divided into two categories, communicable and non-communicable. Though both types are harmful in their own ways, yet the problem with communicable seems to be greater. The reason is quite known; not only the infected, but also others need to be very careful.
Let’s find out some highly contagious diseases here:
Said to be caused by a tiny, eight-legged burrowing bug called Sarcoptes scabiei, it is one of the highly contagious skin ailment. As far as the symptoms are concerned, rashes, blistery bumps, burrows, etc. are the major ones. Often it is first found around the waist, along the insides of wrists, between fingers, in armpits, on the inner elbow, or on the buttocks. But these can be found in several other locations, too. When it is about small children, the common sites of infestation are the neck, palms of the hand, scalp, face, and soles of the feet. The worst thing is that it can spread quickly through close physical contact. Hence, if there is someone infested with scabies in your family, school class, daycare, or nursing home, there are high chances that you too can get infested.
It can be passed on to human via several modes:
- Human to human (through direct skin contact with an infected person)
- Animal to human (while petting or grooming dogs or cats)
- Object to human (coming into contact with clothing, towels, bed sheets, or brushes used by an infected person)
- Soil to human (through contact with infected soil)
It is often characterized by an itchy and red circle of rash in the middle of your skin. It is a fungal infection which develops on the top layer of the skin, but it affects your arms, legs, stomach, and face too.
There are countless signs ranging from stinging, burning and itching between the toes to cracking and peeling skin of the feet. According to the NIH, it is a common fungal infection which can be can easily spread in public places like communal showers, locker rooms, and fitness centers. In some cases, the toenails may become thick, ragged, or discolored.
It is said to be caused by the similar type of fungus, like in the case for athlete's foot and ringworm. It is highly common in those who are overweight or who sweat a lot. Affecting the skin of the inner thighs, buttocks, etc. it often results in an itchy, red, often ring-shaped rash in these areas of the body. Jock itch spreads from person to person when they share contaminated towels or clothing or through direct contact (during sexual intercourse).
It is highly common among the children. As per the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), this disease can easily be spread from one area of the body to another. It can be due to the direct contact with sores or discharge on the skin. Starting as an itchy sensation, it is followed by red sores that blister, emit fluid, and then turn into a tightly adherent crust.