Worried your child might have contracted impetigo while at camp?
If your child has been attending a camp and you suspect they may have impetigo, there are several signs and symptoms you can look for. Here’s what to watch out for:
1. Skin Sores: Impetigo typically begins with small red sores that quickly evolve into blisters or fluid-filled vesicles. These sores can be found anywhere on the body but are commonly seen around the nose, mouth, and hands.
2. Oozing and Crusting: The blisters or vesicles of impetigo tend to rupture and ooze a honey-colored or yellowish fluid. After the fluid dries, it forms a thick, golden-brown crust or scab. These crusts are a hallmark of impetigo.
3. Itching and Discomfort: The affected areas may be itchy and uncomfortable, causing your child to scratch them. Scratching can further spread the infection and potentially lead to complications.
4. Contagiousness: Impetigo is highly contagious, so if other children or individuals in close contact with your child at camp start developing similar symptoms, it could be an indication that impetigo is spreading.
If you notice these symptoms in your child, it is important to consult a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment. They will be able to examine the skin and provide the necessary guidance and treatment options.
Learn more about impetigo.