Infantigo: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Infantigo is a highly contagious disease that can spread quickly from person to person. In fact, infantigo is one of the most common skin diseases among children.
In this article, we’ll go into more detail about what infantigo is, the different types of infantigo out there, as well as the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for those who have infantigo.
With this information, you should be better prepared to deal with infantigo should you or someone you know contract it.
What Is Infantigo?
Infantigo is a bacterial skin disease. It’s something you catch from having physical contact with someone else with infantigo. Infantigo is also known as impetigo. In fact, impetigo is the real name of the condition, but many people call it infantigo.
It’s mostly children who contract infantigo. That’s because children mostly play in groups whether on play dates or at school. Infantigo can easily spread from one child to the entire group after a few hours of roughhousing. It usually presents as lesions on the face, specifically around the nose and mouth.
Types Of Infantigo
There are three types of infantigo. Each one is a little different.
The three types of infantigo are:
Non-bullous infantigo - Non-bullous infantigo is a highly contagious skin infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus. Although that is the main bacteria strand that causes the condition, Group A Streptococcus can also cause non-bullous infantigo. It usually presents as tiny pustules around the mouth which quickly erupt and ooze a honey-colored liquid which crusts over the lesions.
Bullous infantigo - Bullous infantigo is a skin condition which more commonly affects infants and newborns. Bullous infantigo usually develops around the diaper region. It usually presents with bullae, which are large bumps anywhere from 5 to 10 millimeters in size that are filled with fluid. Other symptoms of bullous infantigo include itching, swelling, enlarged glands, diarrhea, and fever.
Ecthyma - Ecthyma is a more serious version of infantigo where crusted sores develop and ulcers begin forming underneath of those. Not only do children develop ecthyma, but so do the eldery and people who are somehow immunocompromised. The lesions can be anywhere from .5 to 3 centimeters in size. Additionally, ecthyma takes a long time to treat and cure and it usually leaves scars.
Causes Of Infantigo
Infantigo is usually caused by one of two different kinds of bacteria. Usually, infantigo is caused by either strep (Streptococcus) or staph (Staphylococcus). The bacteria enter the body through a break in the skin barrier, usually created by a scratch or some other sort of irritation. Once the bacteria is in the skin, it starts to grow and develop until infantigo develops.
Children are more likely to develop infantigo after a cold or allergies because the constant rubbing and sneezing causes the skin inside of their nose to go raw. This also explains why infantigo so commonly develops around the nose.
Sharing towels, sheets, clothes, toys, or other items increases the chance of one child contracting infantigo from another child. This isn’t to mean that you should teach your children not to share things, but you should teach them basic hygiene principles so they no to wash their hands regularly.
Symptoms Of Infantigo
Since there are different types of infantigo, the symptoms can be a bit varied.
Symptoms of infantigo include:
- Red bruises
- Tiny rapid-bursting blisters around the nose and mouth
- Honey-colored fluid
- Crusting or scabbing
- Larger blisters around the diaper region
- Itching when blisters pop
- Looks like a wound although it isn’t
If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms then you should schedule an appointment to speak with a medical doctor about possible treatment options that are available. Aside from ecthyma, infantigo isn’t a really serious condition, but it can still spread from child to child incredibly quickly. Not only should you treat it to help you and your child, but you should treat it so no one else is infected.
Treatments For Infantigo
Treatment usually involves some sort of antibiotics. Usually, the antibiotics will be administered in either a pill or ointment form. Oral antibiotics kill the bacteria which have penetrated the skin from the inside. Oral antibiotics are usually only recommended when the infantigo is widespread. It usually only takes around 7 days to treat infantigo with oral antibiotics, but you still need to follow the instructions given to you by your doctor.
Topical antibiotics are applied directly to the skin and infection. The doctor will give you instructions so you can know how often and how much topical cream you should apply to your infantigo outbreak. Make sure to use your topical antibiotics as prescribed by your doctor. Most topical antibiotics can successfully treat infantigo after 7 days of use.
After you get an official diagnosis from a licensed, medical doctor, he or she will help you find the best course of treatment for your specific case of infantigo.
Emuaid Can Help With Your Infantigo
No matter what kind of infantigo you or your child have, Emuaid can help. Emuaid is a top-of-the-line, homeopathic remedy cream which can help soothe skin, fight infection, and encourage healing.
Emuaid works as both an anti-bacterial cream and as an anti-fungal cream. In a third-party study, Emuaid was shown to kill bacteria, yeast, and mold on contact, eliminating the overwhelming majority of bacteria in less than a minute.
Emuaid is also a great moisturizer and can soothe skin which has been irritated by infantigo. It can relieve itching, pain, and discomfort. Not only is it used to treat conditions like infantigo, but it is also used by customers to treat conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
Some of the homeopathic ingredients in Emuaid have been found to increase blood flow when applied to the body. This can help your body better transport resources to the source of your infantigo and start the healing process faster. Faster healing means you have a decreased chance of being left with scars as a result of your infantigo.
If you’re looking for a great supporting treatment for your infantigo, look no further than Emuaid.