Three Common Skin Infections in Kids and How to Treat Them

Finding a rash, wart, or something in between on our children’s skin can cause a sudden surge of panic if we don’t know what we’re looking at. We often let our imaginations run wild when it comes to the health of our children. If you find something on your child’s skin that isn’t supposed to be there, try not to panic. Children are prone to skin infections that often go away on their own. Here are three common skin infections in kids and how to treat them.

Plantar Wart

A plantar wart is so named after the area of the body where it is found: the bottom of the foot. Plantar warts are common in young people, as children frequently walk barefoot in public pools, communal shower, and play areas. A plantar wart is caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and is only considered a plantar wart if it occurs at the bottom of the foot. The virus spreads through direct contact with a vulnerable area of the foot.

To avoid getting a plantar wart, protect your feet in public places by wearing sandals or water shoes. Do not share socks or shoes with anyone else, and take care to treat wounds at the bottom of your feet. If you have a plantar wart, be sure to cover it completely to avoid spreading it to someone else.

Treatment of plantar warts is recommended to speed up recovery and to eliminate pain. If you or your child has a plantar wart, consult with your doctor who may prescribe Cantharone Plus.

Impetigo

Impetigo looks a lot worse than it feels. In fact, infectious impetigo is virtually painless. Caused by either Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes, impetigo is characterized by red sores that turn into yellow scabs. If your child has impetigo, make sure they do their best to avoid scratching or touching these affected areas, as it can cause the infection to spread.

To avoid getting infected with impetigo, be sure to wash your hands and clean any cuts or wounds thoroughly. Impetigo is caused by direct contact with a lesion, so try to avoid contact with these areas. If you have impetigo, wash your hands, clothes, and linens thoroughly. Your doctor will likely prescribe you a mupirocin ointment, such as Bactroban.

Fifth Disease

Named after its place on the list of the most common childhood skin rashes, fifth disease is caused by parvovirus B19. It’s characterized by a bright pink rash on your cheeks and other parts of your face. The rash can also spread throughout the body. It is also known as “slapped cheek disease for the vivid pink colouring. Fifth disease starts out like a common cold with symptoms such as runny nose, fever, and headache. These preliminary symptoms usually disappear before the tell-tale rash sets in. People who are most at-risk of contracting fifth disease are children or people who spend time with children, such as teachers and parents. By the time you see your symptoms, you are no longer contagious, as the infectious period occurs before the symptoms appear.

If your child is presenting symptoms of fifth disease, they’ll most likely go away on their own. Your doctor may recommend an antipyretic, such as children’s Motrin, to help reduce fever.

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