How do you get Infantigo?

Infantigo is a disease which is highly contagious. Red colored scars appear on skin in this disease. It most commonly occurs on exposed skin areas like face, neck, stomach, legs and arms. Kids are more prone to this disease because of their under developed or weak immune system. It is also called as preschool rash because it commonly occurs in children less than 2 years of age. It also occurs in adults but the ratio is very less. It occurs as a result of bacterial infection.

Whenever there is an open wound or scar, the bacteria invade inside body through it. These bacteria start growing inside the body of patient because the body temperature and humidity factors are the desired requirements of bacteria to grow. Usually streptococcus and staphylococcus species of bacteria are responsible for causing infantigo. It is a highly contagious disease and spread readily on direct contact. The blisters of infantigo contain bacteria rich fluid in them.

Whenever these blisters burst or this fluid or pus oozes out of these blisters, it spreads around the skin surrounding these blisters. When fluid comes in contact with skin, it causes irritation and itching on skin. This fluid leads to the formation of new blisters on skin. And that's how it spread. It was all about spreading of disease within person, when we talk about inter person disease spread, there are many ways of disease spread. Physical contact is on top. School going kids when accidentally touch the skin of the infected kid, they become infected too.

How do you get Infantigo?

So kids should be trained about washing their hand with an anti bacterial soap after they touch an infected kid. Mothers can get infection if they accidentally touch infected red scars of their baby while changing clothes or diaper. Nasal discharge of infected kids also contain causative bacterial species in it. So it can also spread disease from person to person. To avoid this, patient should use a clean paper towel or his separate towel to wipe off his runny nose. And the towel should not be used by anyone else.
Patient should not touch his wound frequently because it can spread disease more aggressively. Excessive rubbing or scratching can lead to more blisters formation and the condition becomes severe. Streptococcus and staphylococcus species of bacteria need humid and warm habitat to grow. So poor hygiene of people living in warm areas can readily cause this disease. Mothers have to prevent touching skin of their children while changing their clothes and diaper. Use if antibiotics soap is necessary after every time they touch their baby.

Patient should take care of his personal hygiene. using antibiotic soap will help a lot in killing bacteria and prevent spreading of infection. Patient should avoid using blanket and pillow with his partner because this disease can spread that way. Patient should keep his items separate which are of regular use. He should keep himself hydrated all the time. 

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Is infantigo contagious?

Infantago is a highly contagious skin disease. It commonly occurs on the upper most layer of skin. In this disease, red colored scars appear on the surface of skin. Basically these are not scars, these are small blisters which are present in the form of colonies or groups. These blisters are red in color and are filled with pus or fluid. The contagious profile of this disease is very high. It occurs as a result of bacterial infection. Bacterial species I.e. streptococcus and staphylococcus species are resoonsible for causing this disease.

Infantigo occurs commonly in kids below 2 years of age. It is also known as school rash. It mainly affects small kids because kids have weak immunity system. The immune system is under developed against such infections that's why kids are more prone to this disease. It readily spreads from one part of body to another. Usually it occurs on face specially around nose and mouth. It also occurs on neck, trunk and abdominal region, thighs and lower limbs. It spread due to the fluid filled inside blisters. When the fluid filled blisters get burst or fluid oozes out of the blister, it spreads on the skin surrounding blisters.

Is infantigo contagious?

When it comes in contact with skin, it causes irritation and then leads to the formation of new blisters. Like wise it spreads all over the body. It does not only spread on direct contact with red scars, but it can also spread indirectly. Flies and mosquitoes when bite an infected person, takes bacterial germs with them and when the same mosquito or fly bites a healthy person, the infection transfers to him. That's how insects spread this disease. Mothers taking care of their infants, there are huge chances of spreading of disease from infants to mother and so on. School going kids acquire this disease readily because when they play in school with infected kids, the germs transfer and make them infected too.

When a healthy person use towel of an infected one, the infection spread. So patient should take much care and should start his treatment on time to control it's spreading. Some precautions should be followed to make it stop from getting worse or spread on other body parts. Patient needs to improve his personal hygiene by keeping himself clean. A proper germ killing soap should be used to wash hands regularly.
On irritation, patient should avoid touching the red scars and should not rub them vigorously. All the belongings of the infected kid or adult should be separated. Even healthy person should avoid sleeping with infected one. Patient should sleep alone and should not share his pillow with someone. In case of women, they should wear gloves while washing dishes, changing diaper of their baby and while cooking. Patient should keep his hands clean and should wash before every ointment application. 

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