Chapter 21: Microbial Diseases of the Skin and Eyes

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Structure of Skin

Epidermis (“best barrier”)

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The Skin: Defenses

Prevents entry to body
Chemical defenses: Antimicrobial Peptides (AMP), Perspiration/tears>Lysozymes

Exceptions: Gram (+) can survive on surface of skin (Staphylococcus)