Impetigo, how to differentiate a skin infection in children confused with monkeypox

The monkeypox already rub the 16,000 cases in Europe since the first were alerted in the United Kingdom last May. Cases continue to rise, even in the most vulnerable populations such as kidsso the WHO decided to declare it a few weeks ago international health emergency. This involves activating the maximum health alert, the second in two and a half years (it was also declared with the coronavirus). This skin disease, endemic to Africa, is manifested by the appearance of a itchy skin which evolves into crusty blisters over the weeks. These symptoms can be confused with other diseases which also cause skin lesions on the skin, like the one we will discuss in this article: the impetigoa common skin condition in children.

Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin, common especially in young children. 2 to 6 years old, what can produce blisters or sores anywhere on the body, usually yellowish in color, but most often they appear on the cara (around nose and mouth), neck, hands and diaper area. These injuries are caused by one or both types of bacteria: Streptococcus of group A and Staphylococcus aureus.

Impetigo is known to be more common in areas where summers are chot and humid, something very common in many parts of our country. He is contagious, preventable and controllable with antibiotics, but we have to be careful with the close contact in people who suffer from it (especially in schools and nurseries) to avoid contagion.

Differences with monkeypox

The bone symptom of this disease include itchy red sores, and which open and ooze clear fluid or pus for a few days. This is also very common in monkeypox, in fact when monkeypox lesions turn into scabsthey may resemble impetigo.

On occasions when this skin condition manifests as blisters, taking the name of ampolous impetigo, injuries are itchy (just like monkeypox pustules). In addition, it should be taken into account that smallpox lesions can become superinfected, giving the appearance of secondary impetigo.

However, one of differences the most obvious is what triggers them. While monkeypox is caused by a virus and is original zoonotic, impetigo is caused by bacteria that infect the skin enjoy different types of injuries. Therefore, this contagious bacteria usually infects already damaged skin.

On the other hand, it is a far cry from monkeypox in that it rarely produces fever and does not always cause swollen glands. Additionally, they tend to appear more frequently in boca, with small reddish or pimple-like sores surrounded by reddened skin. They get better on their own and usually have a solution with antibiotic cream, something that doesn’t happen with monkeypox that requires antiviral medication or the use of vaccines.

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