Impetigo Glossary of Terms

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Allergy: A misguided reaction to foreign substances by the immune system, the body system ...

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Antibacterial: Anything that destroys bacteria or suppresses their growth or their ability...

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Antibiotic: A drug used to treat bacterial infections. Antibiotics have no effect on viral...

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Bacteria: Single-celled microorganisms that can exist either as independent (free-living) ...

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Blister: A collection of fluid underneath the top layer of skin (epidermis). There are man...

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Blood pressure: The blood pressure is the pressure of the blood within the arteries. It is...

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Bullous: Characterized by blistering, such as a second-degree burn.

Complication: In medicine, an unanticipated problem that arises following, and is a result...

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Contagious: capable of being transmitted from one human to another human via direct or ind...

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Diagnosis: 1 The nature of a disease; the identification of an illness. 2 A ...

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Erythromycin: Erythromycin is a common antibiotic for treating bacterial infection. Sold...

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Immune: Protected against infection, usually by the presence of antibodies.

Impetigo: A skin infection caused by the staphylococcus or, less often, by the streptococc...

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Infection: The invasion and multiplication of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, an...

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Inflammation: A localized reaction that produces redness, warmth, swelling, and pain as a ...

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Injury: Harm or hurt. To harm, hurt, or wound. The word injure may be in physical or emot...

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Itching: An uncomfortable sensation in the skin that feels as if something is crawling on ...

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Kidney: One of a pair of organs located in the right and left side of the abdomen. The kid...

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Knee: The knee is a joint which has three parts. The thigh bone (the femur) meets the lar...

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Microscopic: An object so small it cannot be seen without the aid of microscope (for examp...

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Ointment: An oil-based preparation that is applied to the skin. Whereas an ointment has an...

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Penicillin: The most famous of all antibiotics, named for the fungal mold Penicillium n...

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Poison: Any substance that can cause severe organ damage or death if ingested, breathed in...

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Poison ivy: Skin inflammation that results from contact with the poison ivy vine. Chemical...

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Prognosis: The forecast of the probable outcome or course of a disease; the patient's chan...

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Pus: A thick, whitish-yellow fluid that results from the accumulation of white blood cells...

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Rash: Breaking out (eruption) of the skin. A rash can be caused by an underlying medical c...

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Staphylococcus: A group of bacteria that cause a multitude of diseases. Under a microscope...

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Strep: Very commonly used shortened form of Streptococcus, a very common and import...

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Strep throat: Strep throat is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called streptococc...

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Streptococcus: A group of bacteria that causes a multitude of diseases. Under a microscope...

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Throat: The throat is the anterior (front) portion of the neck beginning at the back of th...

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Topical: Pertaining to a particular surface area. For example, a topical agent is applied ...

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Urine: Liquid waste produced by the kidneys. Urine is a clear, transparent fluid that norm...

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