Bacterial Skin DiseasesMicrobial diseases of the skin are usually transmitted by contact with an infected individual. Although the skin normally provides a barrier to infection, when it is penetrated by microorganisms, infection develops. Diseases of the eye are considered with the skin diseases because both occur at the surface of the body.Staphylococcal infections. Staphylococci are Gram-positive cocci occurring in clusters. The best known pathogen in this group is Staphylococcus aureus. This organism invades the hair follicles and causes folliculitis, also referred to as pustules. A deeper infection of the skin tissues is referred to as a boil, abscess, or furuncle. These lesions are usually filled with pus. A large lesion progressing from a boil is known as a carbuncle. Infections such as these are easily transmitted by skin contact as well as by fomites.
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