- Bacteria Infection
- Itchy Skin
The skin provides a remarkably good barrier against bacterial infections. Although many bacteria come in contact with or reside on the skin, they are normally unable to establish an infection. When bacterial skin infections do occur, they can range in seriousness as well, from amputation to life threatening.
Itchy skin is an uncomfortable, irritating sensation that can make scratching irresistible. It seems simple. When you itch, you scratch. But itchy skin can have hundreds of possible causes. In the foot and ankle the most common causes are tinea pedis (athletes foot), dry skin, callus formation, irritation, seronegative arthritis or internal diseases such as diabetes, liver disease or kidney disease.