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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