Surgeries today are relatively safe, so long as the patient has no underlying medical conditions. Based on a recent study, previous skin infections — even if successfully treated — may place individuals at an increased risk of infection at the surgical site. How did they discover this fascinating finding?
A Cut Is a Cut, No Matter Its Cause
According to researchers, a skin infection suggests that the bodyâ€™s immune system does not respond well to cuts. While it obviously differs from a typical papercut, a surgical incision is still a cut to the skin. And if a smaller cut caused problems, a bigger cut will most likely cause trouble as well. Doesnâ€™t this make sense?
Inconclusive As of Yet, But Itâ€™s No Coincidence
The study followed 613 surgical patients at Johns Hopkins Hospital at preoperative, operative and postoperative stages. Within 6 months after surgery, 24 patients developed infections at the site of their incisions. In addition, patients with a history of skin infections were nearly twice as likely to develop a postsurgical infection than those who never had a skin infection.
Donâ€™t Ignore Your Skin!
Should you notice any abnormalities on your skin, go to your dermatologist for evaluation. At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our dermatologists are experts at treating a wide range of skin conditions. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. Our nine conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.