Dermatological Infectious Diseases

Skin is the body's largest organ. It has many different functions, including covering and protecting the body. It helps keep germs out. But sometimes the germs can cause a skin infection. This often happens when there is a break, cut, or wound on skin. It can also happen when the immune system is weakened, because of another disease or a medical treatment. Some skin infections cover a small area on the top of skin. Other infections can go deep into the skin or spread to a larger area. The role of other infectious diseases within dermatology, however, has remained strong. Many infectious diseases such as human papillomavirus, tinea, herpes, measles, varicella and impetigo have primary skin manifestations.