Infantigo is one of the skin infections which commonly happen to the children, especially for two up to five years old. The skin areas that the most often affected are on the face, arms and legs. Unfortunately, there are many children who get infantigo. There are many reasons which make them get infantigo. Usually, the children and adults are more at risk if they live in a warm or humid climate, have insect bites or poison ivy, have diabetes, participate in contact sports, have a compromised immune system, have itchy infections such as lice, scabies, herpes simplex, or chickenpox, have skin ailments such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis etc. By the way, what is infantigo look like? For the first sign, the skin infection of infantigo looks like reddish spot that develop into small red blisters around the nose and mouth. The blisters are going to burst and develop a brownish-yellow crust after a few days. Usually, the surrounding skin will look red and raw.
By the way, is infantigo contagious? Yes of course, infantigo is very contagious. The skin infection of infantigo is able to spread easily from person to person by direct contact with the lesions. This skin infection is also can contagious by touching items such as clothing, blanket, towel, bag or toys which have been used by the person with has this skin infection indirectly. There are two bacteria that cause the skin infection of infantigo. They are Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. Is infantigo makes a painful? Infantigo do not make a painful, but it is very itchy. If you get infantigo, you have to get rid of them as soon as. How to get rid of infantigo? According to the research, there are many people who get infantigo, they do a treatment by giving the antibiotic for five to seven days. Mupirocin and fusidic acid are the specific topical antibiotics which recommended. However, there is no research show that these two topical antibiotics have significant difference. Usually, the oral antibiotics are given to the person who gets impetigo which severe or widespread. There are oral antibiotics which recommended include anti-staphylococcal penicillins, cephalosporins, amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin), and macrolides. You have to know that the oral antibiotics have more side-effects than topical antibiotics such as nausea.
How do you do to prevent the skin infection of infantigo and its spread? Actually, there are many way to prevent infantigo. Well, in the text below, you are able to see what any way to prevent the skin infection of infantigo.
- At the first way, you are able to prevent the skin infection of infantigo and its spread by bathing and hand washing regularly. It is able to cut down on skin bacteria.
- You have to wash everything which comes in contact with the impetigo sores in hot water.
- You have to clean the surfaces of equipment or toys which may have come in contact with the impetigo sores.
- You do not share any personal items with someone who has impetigo.
- You have to keep nails clipped and clean.
- You have to change your bed linens, towels, and clothing every day, until the sores are no longer contagious.