Skin infection - Definition

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Skin infections are primarily bacterial attacks on the skin, especially by streptococci and staphylococci. Typically, the surface layer of the skin, the epidermis, is able to resist the invasion of these bacteria, but when it is injured or damaged, germs can enter and find a favorable environment for their development and multiplication. Viruses, parasites, or fungi sometimes called mycoses, may also be responsible for cutaneous manifestations.