How Do You Get Infantigo

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There is an infectious bacterial skin disease that is more common to infect children between age three to ten years called Infantigo . This kind of skin disease is caused by staphylococcus aureus. The main area of infection is usually in the face and around mouth. Infantigo can be bullous and non bullous. Bullous infantigo usually infects kids who are 2 years old. It begins with little, liquid filled rankles, usually on the arms, legs and trunk, encompassed by red and irritated skin. The rankles can be vast or little. If they have broken, they will leave yellow scabs. Non bullous infantigo is the most common type of this disease. It begins as a red sore near the nose or mouth that breaks immediately, spilling discharge or liquid and forms a honey-colored scab, took after by a red imprint that mends without leaving a scar.

The most common bacterial that cause infantigo are the gram positive cocci, Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. Even though our skin often contact with a lot of microorganisms everyday, we do not always develop infantigo. It is only when the continuity of the skin is broken down that these bacteria get entry into the skin and then multiplies over there to cause infection. The risk factors are scabies, herpes, mosquito bites, and eczema. And the other risk factors developing this disease include poor nutrition, overcrowding, age, contact sports, daycare and diabetes.

Then, the question is, can adults get infantigo? Perhaps, we more often see children who get infected by this disease, but actually adults also can be infected. Strep and staph germs can live on your skin without dangering you. If an adult contacts infantigo it is generally because they have a break or cut in the skin which permits the germs to enter your skin cells. For children, they can get infantigo in the same manner but it is generally through not only a cut but through an insect bite or scrape. You can also get infantigo via direct contact even if you have healthy skin. You can get it from touching the towels, toys, bed linens and the other stuffs of the person who has it. However, this kind of transmission is less common than direct transmission. It is also possible for you to get infected if the infected person sneezes around you.

When you get infected, the bacteria will incubate about one to three days for strep and about four to ten days for staph. If you are getting infected, you will begin having irritating, itchy blisters. So, if you see that you or your kids get infantigo on face, then you can get treatment from physician to get an oral antibiotic or topical cream. If you get an oral antibiotic from physician, you have to take it for seven to ten days. If you have begun taking the antibiotic, the healing should begin in a couple of days. You also have to make sure that you take all the antibiotics as prescribed and finish the prescription.

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