infantigo is a bacterial skin infection and its treatment depends on 2 methods the antibiotic creams and pills to avoid spreading of the infection.
Infantigo is one of the most common skin bacterial infections caused by staphylococcus aureus that affect men and women and also children.
And the main site of infection is the face and around mouth. Infntigo is bacterial infection can be bullous and non bullous with small groups of vesicles in the site of lesions and the skin appears red and it is the other name of impetigo.
Other names of infantigo:
1 – Impetigo
2 – School sores
Pictures of infantigo:
The infantigo appears as groups of bullous lesions on the face and legs as in the photos and can bullous and non bullous and non bullous is more common and called crusted infantigo.
What is infantigo?
It is bacterial skin infection caused by staphylococcus aureus and can be seen on face and around mouth and nose as crusted lesion with honey color.
Factors increase infantigo?
- Hot weather in summer
- Poor countries and poor personal hygiene
- Bad environment
- Crowded living conditions
- Break of skin like wound or insect bites
Things you should care about infantigo:
- It is bacterial skin problems
- Bullous and non bullous lesion
- Affects both boys and girls
- Caused by staphylococcus aureus
- Affects face, legs and trunk
- Can spread to child to another
- More common in children between age 3 and 10 years old
Infantigo caused by the bacterial infection:
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Group A beta hemolytic streptococci
Diagnosis of infantigo:
- Diagnosis by dermatologist by its signs and symptoms
- Swab from the lesions to bacterial culture
- Blood test when needed from your doctor and if it is recurrent
Who can get infantigo?
Infantigo can affect all ages and all family:
- men and women
- more common in children
- face is the most common site of infection
Infantigo can spread from person to another like in the same family or in the same school between children and may also by direct contact and using other personal care items like towels so personal care is important specially when any member of the family is infected with this bacterial infection.
Infantigo can be bullous and non bullous types and the main symptoms:
- vesicles turn into bulla
- feeling of fever in some cases
- crusted lesions
- red of skin
- may be in some cases itching
How does infantigo look like?
Infantigo appears as small vesicles and may turn to bulla and when ruptured make honey like crusted on the site of lesion and more common on face.
Is infantigo contagious?
Yes infantigo is contagious and can spread from person to another person through direct contact and using the personal items of the infected person.
Infantigo similar skin problems:
- other bacterial infections
- herpes vesicles
- bullous disorders
Infantigo can be treated by:
- removing of the crusted lesions (sometimes you can leave it without removing and it is preferred)
- antibiotic syrup to avoid spreading of the lesions (twice/daily)
- antibiotic tablet to avoid spreading of the lesions for adult and it is not common to appear in adult
- antibiotics creams and ointments like gentamycin and fucidic acid
And the treatment takes from 7 to 10 days
Home personal care:
When the family has one member with infantigo these things should be done
- avoid using the towels of other personal care things
- avoid contact skin of the infected persons
- avoid sport activities
- do not remove crusted lesion with your hands
- keep rest and avoid hot weather
- cut fingernails to avoid scratching