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How to recognize signs of impetigo rash?

Impetigo is a highly contagious infection of the skin, whichis bacterial in nature, and it is also known as school sores. It is very commonamong children, particularly those under 5, although it can occur in adults aswell. Bacteria staphylococcus and streptococcus are responsible for this infection,which can be passed to another person through a direct skin-to-skin contact, orthrough nasal mucus, but it is important to know that cuts in the skin may alsobe an entry for these bacteria. The symptoms that indicate impetigo rash are mostusually blisters and skin rash that occur due to the multiplication ofbacteria. Crusty sores first form on areas such as face, arms, legs and feet. Inthe beginning, only one might be present, but later on, their number willincrease. They turn into blisters that are filled with pus, and once theyburst, yellow or brown thick crust will appear.

Types of impetigo rash

So far, three kinds of impetigo have been identified, andthey are bullous impetigo, non-bullous impetigo and ecthyma.

Bullous impetigo is a bit more severe form of this rash andstaphylococcus bacteria causes it. This skin infection is particularly commonamong children younger than two, and it usually lasts from four to even six weeks.Non-bullous impetigo can be caused by staphylococcus or by streptococcusbacteria, and it is also common in children. It is manifested through the rashon face and particularly around the nose, as well as through small blistersthat turn into yellow crusts.Ecthyma is definitely the most severe type of impetigo skinrash, and it causes deep sores, which further form ulcers that leave scars oncethe infection is gone. It affects legs and feet. In cases of ecthyma, oral andtopical antibiotics have to be used simultaneously.

How to deal with impetigo rash?

Due to the fact that this infection is bacterial in nature,most frequently it is treated with the antibiotics. They may be taken orally, orapplied to the skin, since there are topical ointments that can be used if asmaller area of the body is affected. If a child is infected, it is highly recommendedto keep it isolated from other children for a week approximately, to prevent passing impetigo to other children, as well as toprevent other bacteria from entering the open sores and causing morecomplications.

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