Infantigo Rash

Infantigo is a skin rash which occurs due to an infection. It occurs commonly on the skin of face specially around mouth. It usually affects kids of age less than 2 years. That's why this disease is also called school rash. In this skin disease, red colored blisters are formed on the surface of skin. These blisters are red in color because these are fluid or pus filled. It occurs due to an infection and infection results due to an open wound or scar. When the wound is open, streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria invade inside body and cause infection. Redness is the main sign of an infection. Other sign and symptoms include formation of blisters in the form of colonies or we can say in the form of groups.

These blisters are fluid filled or pus filled. Whenever this fluid from blisters oozes out, it spreads around blisters all over the skin. When fluid comes in contact with skin, it causes itching. Patient cant resist itching and rub aggressively. Excessive rubbing of blisters leads to skin rash I.e. redness. So itching is the cause behind redness of skin. It is a highly contagious disease. It spreads readily. Bacterial invasion is the only cause but it can spread in many ways. Like a fly or any insect can take bacteria with them and then spread it to other people. Direct touch should be avoided because it can spread disease readily. Kids with school rash should follow some preventive measures to stop it from spreading.

Infantigo Rash

Patient should avoid using excess water for cleaning face. Try to avoid harsh soaps and face wash etc. Patient should keep his things separate like towel used on blisters. Treatment of infantago rash include two types of dosage form of antibiotics I.e. pills and ointments. Antibiotic pills are the most effective way of treatment because it kills bacteria systemically. There is a 7 day course of antibiotic and patient should be consistent. Sometimes the duration of therapy is increased according to the condition of patient and severity of disease. Ointment is used on the surface of skin. Ointments is effective because it has the property of penetrating inside blisters and kills bacteria within fluids.

Other than this, some home remedies are also used frequently to reduce the rash and redness of skin. Home remedies include use of natural honey, coconut oil, tea tree oil and garlic cloves. All of the above mentioned things should be applied directly on the rash and let it absorb for about 20 to 30 min. After the specified time wash face with Luke warm water.

Patient should keep himself hydrated all the time because hydration will help in curing this disease. No other medications should be administered because those can reduce the effect of Antibiotics. All the antibiotics and home remedies have a primary function to reduce itching and redness and rash of skin. Patient usually takes 1 and a half week to recover fully from this disease. 

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Infantigo Infection

Infantigo is a dermatological disease which occurs due to an infection. In this disease, blisters or scars occur on the surface of skin. These scars or blisters are red in color. It commonly occurs in children below 2 years of age. It occurs as a result of invasion of bacteria in systemic circulation. Whenever there is a wound or cut, the bacteria find their way inside the body and causes infection. Redness and itching around the red scars are the primary symptoms of infection. It is also known as school rash because it occurs in preschool children. It is a highly contagious disease which spread readily within a day.

The blisters of infantigo contains fluid or pus in them. When the fluid oozes out of these blisters, it spreads on skin and causes irritation. Due to excessive rubbing, the skin becomes red. It occurs due to a bacterial infection. Bacteria involved in this infection are streptococcus and staphylococcus species of bacteria. These bacteria need hot and humid place for growth and spread infection. People living in warm and humid places are more prone to this infection. Because these bacterial species readily grow in favorable temperature.

Infantigo Infection

Infection may spread all over the body but it mainly occurs on face. Specially around mouth and nose. Other than face it occurs on trunk and abdominal region and on thighs. It can also occur at neck region. It spreads readily on the body if precautions are not followed. This bacterial infection is not easy to eradicate because of its high contagious profile. It does not only spread through direct contact but it can also spread indirectly. Like a small insect can spread it easily. Use of patient's towel by a healthy person can make him infected. It commonly spreads through children because mother's do not use much precautions while touching their child and changing their clothes. It is a visible disease and does not need diagnostic tests.
But it's diagnosis is necessary because it's symptoms resemble with symptoms of many other skin diseases. It is a bacterial infection so it's treatment include clearing of causative bacterial species from systemic circulation. Antibiotics treatment is the best choice of treatment for infantigo. Antibiotics helps in killing causative bacterial species inside systemic circulation. Antibiotics are available in the form of two different dosage forms. It is available in the form of pills and ointments. Pills help to kill bacterial species inside blood stream and clears the whole body. Antibiotic pills have a course of treatment consist of at least 7 days.

Ointment is also effective because it's active ingredient have the capacity to invade inside blisters and kills bacteria present inside the fluid. Other than these antibiotics, some home remedies also helps to kill bacteria and provide soothing effect to skin. These helps to reduce itching and redness from skin surface. Some pain killers help to reduce pain. Common home remedies include use of natural honey, garlic cloves, tea tree oil and coconut oil. The tea tree oil home remedy is the most effective home remedy.

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What does Infantigo Look like?

Infantigo is a disease in which red colored scars appear on skin. It occurs as a result of a bacterial infection. It is a highly contagious disease and readily spread on direct contact. It most commonly occurs in kids and rarely occurs in old age person. The chances of occurrence are high in children less than 2 years. It is also known as preschool rash.

It occurs due to a bacterial infection and the bacteria involved are streptococcus and staphylococcus species of bacteria. In this disease red colored scars appear on skin in the form of round circles. In fact these are not just scars but these are blisters which occurs on skin surface. These blisters are filled with fluid or pus. This fluid or pus is rich in causative bacterial species. Initially red spots are formed in the form of clusters on skin. And then it start developing in to blisters. These blisters start producing fluid in them.

What does Infantigo Look like?

This fluid makes it red in color. Whenever the fluid from these blisters ooze out or these blisters get burst, the fluid spreads on skin surrounding these blisters. These red sores or blisters are not painful. Patient feels itching and irritation on skin which makes patient to rub aggressively. Patient should avoid rubbing and scratching on these blisters.  As excessive rubbing or scratching will burst blisters and the fluid will come out of them. Fluid will spread around will lead to the formation of new blisters or sores. Main characteristics of this skin disease are:

  • Skin turns red in color.
  • Sores have a defined boundary.
  • Boundary is made of red colored small spots. These spots are present in the form of clusters.
  • Blisters are fully filled with fluid or pus.
  • These blisters get burst or the fluid oozes out of these blisters and spread around.
  • When fluid comes in contact with skin, it causes irritation and itching on skin.
  • This fluid or pus leads to the formation of yellow colored scabs.
  • Yellow scabs may become permanent if treatment does not start on time.

Infantigo usually occurs in children with age less than 2 years. Kids are more prone to this disease because their immune system is weak and under development so bacteria readily grow inside their body. Baby skin is very soft and delicate with thin upper most layer of skin. So chances of lesions on baby's face are higher as compared to adults. Usually it starts from chin or area around mouth. It also occurs on other body parts like legs, arms and stomach.
It occurs on neck region rarely. The bullous type of infantigo mostly affects arms in adults. In adults, erosion occurs on the top most skin of arms. On legs, the area around inner thighs and lower calf more readily develops red sores and blisters. Sports man wearing shorts more commonly develop red sores on their lower calf. 

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