Whether at home or in school, most kids are prone to minor accidents while they are busy at play. They usually get minor bruises and scratches on their skin. These small cuts and abrasions, however, could become serious once skin infections set in and no proper treatment administered.
A good example of a bacterial infection is called Impetigo. Impetigo is characterized by the presence of crusty lesions on the skin. This skin infection is caused by the following bacteria: Streptococcus or staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria are usually found on human skin and cause infections when they gain entry via an open wound. Children infected with impetigo develop blisters that usually burst and ooze with fluid. These blisters eventually harden into a honey-colored crust.
Impetigo can affect skin anywhere on the body but often attacks the area around the nose and mouth. It is more likely to show up on skin that is already irritated or raw from eczema, poison ivy, bug bites or a skin allergy to soap or makeup.
Impetigo is contagious. The infection is carried in the fluid that oozes from the blisters. When the patient touches the infected skin and then touches another part of the body, the bacterial infection may be transferred to that spot. It also can be spread from one person to another. This is why school children easily spread the infection from one kid to another. Impetigo can also be found in some adults who do not observe hygienic practices.
Symptoms of impetigo caused by streptococci include the presence of tiny blisters containing fluid. The skin underneath them is moist and red. A tan or yellow-brown crust covers the wet areas, making it look like they’ve been coated with honey or brown sugar.