Infantigo is contagious mainly from direct contact with a person who suffers from it. It also can spread through clothes, towels, toys, household items and the other items. If this skin infection begins in one location, it often spreads to the other parts of the body. It is especially common with infantigo in children. Bacteria which cause infantigo will get into your body through a break in the skin like which comes from scrapes and cuts.
Before you get an infantigo cures, you need to know the symptoms of this skin infection.
- The symptoms generally start one to three after infection.
- At the beginning, the sores will begin as small red spots that you can find on the face around nose and mouth.
- The sores are usually itchy, but not painful.
- Then, they develop into blisters which break open and ooze fluid.
- After several days, the blisters which are ruptured become a flat, thick, honey-colored crust which finally disappears and then leave red marks which heal without scarring.
When you see the symptoms above in your body or your children’s body, you should see a doctor. The doctor usually diagnose infantigo infection straightforward and based on the clinical appearance. If it is categorized into mild infantigo, doctor will give you a prescription that is an antibiotic ointment or cream to put on the sores. However, if it is categorized into a more serious infantigo, the doctor usually will also give you prescription that is antibiotic pills. A child can return to school or daycare after 24 hours of treatment. If you use the ointment or take the pills as prescribed by your doctor, the most sores can be healed in one week.
You can wash the sores gently by using clean water everyday when you are at home to treat infantigo. If there are crusts, the doctor will suggest you to temper or take down the crusts. This can be done by yourself. How to do that? You can soak them in warm water and patting them dry. By doing this also can aid the ointment or cream work better. If you have touched the area, you have to wash your hands with water and soap or even you are able to apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Never scratch the sores because scratching can make the infection spread to the other parts of your body. If you do not get better or even you find that the infection is getting worse like swelling, increased pain, redness, fever, warmth or pus, you have to call your doctor.
When you have done the cure for infantigo, you can do some preventions such as:
- Cover any skin wounds or insect bites to protect the area.
- Do regular bathing and do handwashing often so that it can cut down on skin bacteria.
- Keep nails clipped and clean.
- Never touch or scratch open sores because it will spread the infection.
- Never share any personal stuffs with a person who has infantigo.
- Wash everything which comes in contact with the infantigo sores in hot water and several laundry bleach.