What is Infantigo?

Infantigo is a skin disease. In this disease, red colored sores appear on skin. It is a highly contagious disease. This disease have several other names I.e. infintigo, infatigo, infantago, enfantago, infentigo, infitigo, infintago and the most common is impetigo. This disease is of great concern for mother's because red sores occur in children at very little age. In infants it occurs commonly around lips and chin. The red sores appear as lesions on face usually around mouth. Bacteria is the organism responsible for causing red sores on face. It readily spreads with direct contact. It is most common in preschool kids because their immune system is not strong enough to fight against invading viruses and bacteria. Once it occurs around mouth or chin, it starts spreading on face and covers nose too.
Gradually it covers the whole face. The red sores are in the form of blisters filled with fluid or pus. This disease is also known as school rash because of its common occurrence in infants or preschool kids. Round about 10 million people suffer from infantigo in America and around 150 million people suffer from infantigo per year world wide. Infantigo has three main types I.e. ecthyma, bullous infantigo and non bullous infantigo. Ecthyma infantigo occurs on legs and arms. Blisters occur in the form clusters. Skin becomes red and patient feels pain at the site of rash. It occurs due to infiltration of dermis through swollen lymph nodes. Bullous infantigo occurs in kids with age less than 2 years. These are not counted as sores but they cause pain. When fluid oozes out from these rankles, it leaves yellow marks on skin known as scabs. Non bullous infantigo affects more than 70 percent of patients. Infantigo contagious is another name of non bullous infantigo. It occurs around mouth near lips.

What is Infantigo?

Infantigo Definition:

Infantigo is defined as a condition in which red colored sores pop up on skin. It occurs secondary to bacterial infection. It is highly contagious and spreads readily on direct contact. Infantigo is a common disease which occurs in kids. Usually kids smaller than 2 years are more prone to infantigo. Because of its age specific occurrence, it is also known as school rash. It spreads readily to other parts of body or covers the whole face on direct contact. It grows in no time. The red scars are in fact small blisters which are filled with pus or fluid. When the fluid from these blisters ooze out, it causes itching. Staphylococcal bacteria is the causative agent which causes this disease.

Other than this, streptococcus bacteria is also responsible for this disease but rarely. It does not only spread through direct contact but an insect can spread it. When a fly or any other insect sits on these blisters or open wound, can transmit this disease to another person via biting. Pain is the main symptom of infantigo, which occurs in its all types. As it occurs secondary to an infection, so antibiotics are prescribed to treat this disease.

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