Impetigo (impetigo)

Impetigo, also called impetigo, is a highly contagious infection. It often occurs in children between the ages of 2 and 12. Hygiene is a good way to prevent impetigo.

Impetigo

  • Impetigo
  • Symptoms
  • Types of impetigo
  • Therapy
  • Go to school or stay at home?

Impetigo

Impetigo is also called childhood sores or impetigo. It is a bacterial infection and is common around the mouth, and can affect the skin from the neck to the feet. Impetigo is seen as groups of red bumps on the skin. The bumps quickly turn into blisters. Large blisters can develop in places where the skin is thick. The blisters become yellowish bumps and fluid comes out. Good hygiene is very important to prevent infections. Wash your hands often and use your own towels. Also be careful when touching toys, your child can infect other children with them.

Symptoms

  • Red spots
  • Itch
  • Very rarely blood poisoning or kidney inflammation
  • Vesicles
  • Yellow blisters
  • Honey-colored crusts

Types of impetigo

  • Impetigo crustosa (crusted form)

This is the most common type of impetigo. Commonly occurs around the mouth and hands. Risk factors include a warm and humid environment.

  • Impetigo bullosa (blistering form)

This form is caused by Staphylococci. The blisters break very easily and fluid escapes. If someone loses too much fluid and at some point starts losing chunks of skin, call a doctor immediately.

Therapy

If you do nothing at all in terms of treatment for impetigo, more and more scabs will appear and it will not get better. The treatment for a minor infection of impetigo consists of an antibiotic ointment or cream. When the child is ill or has less resistance, the child will get more wounds and you can give your child antibiotics in the form of tablets.

Go to school or stay at home?

Children who have impetigo should stay at home to prevent further transmission to others. If the child is itchy, do not let him or her scratch the area, cut the nails very short and keep them clean. Please inform the childcare or school that the child cannot come due to the contagious condition. Keep the child at home until the blisters have dried or after starting treatment. There is no immunity against the condition, so a child can become ill again and again after coming into contact with the bacteria.