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 spread 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 got burst or fluid ooze out of the blister, it spread on the skin surrounding it.

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 spread all over the body. It do 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 takes 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 have to take notice 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 have to improve his personal hygiene by keeping himself clean. A proper germ killing soap should be used to wash hands regularly. Kids should be reached about not touching wounds and scars of other kids in school.

On irritation, patient should avoid touching the red scars and should not run 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 have to keep his hands Clean and should wash before every ointment application. Patient should not touch his wound and after running should not rub anywhere else on body.
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