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Strep skin infections

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busyma Thu 24-Sep-09 07:51:04

My 2 Year old daughter developed a rash round her mouth which spread very quickly and also
has spots all over the backs of her legs, bottom, hands and feet. GP said it's a strep skin infection and prescribed fluclox for it. Now my 4 month old baby boy has it too - anyone any experience of this or something similar? It's stressing me out!

alypaly Thu 24-Sep-09 10:54:17

STAPH infections can be impetigo which is quite contagious..hope it helps. Has doc given you ant fucidin cream to put on lesions?
here is some info on staph and strep infections.
BTW he has given you the right anti biotic so just give it time but constantly wash your hands when touching others,seperate towels etc

Non-bullous impetigo: This is the common form, caused by both staph and strep bacteria. It appears as small blisters or scabs, which then form yellow or honey-colored crusts. These often start around the nose and on the face, but they also may affect the arms and legs. At times, there may be swollen glands nearby.

Is impetigo contagious?

Impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it, but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing or household items. Once it starts, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in daycare centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin, such as that which comes from cuts and scrapes. At times, however, impetigo appears even if no one nearby has it and the skin seems unbroken. Adults often catch impetigo from close contact with infected children. Heat, humidity, and the presence of eczema predispose a person to developing impetigo. Sometimes bacteria live in the nose and spread from there to other parts of the skin.

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