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What environmental conditions exist that microbes/potential pathogens have to deal with for the skin?
Salty, low pH, sebum (oil), dead cells sloughing off, dry skin, usually aerobic environment, uv rays, fluctuating temperature.
What are some examples of microbes that make up the normal flora on the skin?
Malassezia, Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Diptheroids.
How might the presence of normal flora affect infection and disease from pathogens for the skin? *
What is/are the mechanism(s) of pathogenesis?
How do they damage the host?
Is the damage due to toxicity? To invasiveness? Both?
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