Bullous Impetigo Pictures
|A gallery of impetigo pictures.|
Bullous impetigo is one of the two common forms of impetigo. Unlike the classic form of this annoying skin disease, it is not caused by Streptococcus pyogenes, but rather by any type of Streptococcus group A. Also, Staphylococcus aureus is to blame for the slight epidemics of bullous impetigo that appear at least once a year.
If it appears in adults, it is slightly difficult to identify, since it can be easily mistaken for a number of other conditions. The diagnosis is based on comparing the wounds of the patient with some bullous impetigo pictures of already diagnosed sufferers. Of course, a bacterial diagnosis is recommended after the visual one.
The image that bullous impetigo presents is rather gruesome: it appears on the face, surrounding the mouth, the nose and the chin. Its common manifestations include small pustules, filled with a creamy liquid, sometimes transparent, other times, milky. Once those sacks have ruptured or dried out, they leave behind red, angry dots that itch.
Bullous impetigo pictures
There are several things one should keep in mind when suffering from bullous impetigo:
Even if your skin condition does not look like any other bullous impetigo pictures that you might have seen, that does not mean that you do not suffer from bullous impetigo. It can simply denote that the images you have seen were displaying a different stage of the disease or that your skin reacts differently to the bacteria.
Bullous impetigo - contagious or not?
Now, if there is one thing true about any and all skin diseases is that they are, to a certain extent, contagious. The image that bullous impetigo creates is a rather difficult one: it is one of the most communicable illnesses out there. It can be transmitted through open lesions, purulent pustules or simply by touching the affected areas.
You should avoid communal bath houses, pools and even over populated lakes, if you want to try and protect yourself from this annoying skin condition. However, it can be easily caught from other sources, such as the clothes of someone already infected, the towels they have used or their bathing products.
The antibiotic treatment is recommended only in some serious cases and it does not last longer than two to three days. Only when the infection has done serious damage, can one expect the really unusual complications, like diarrhea, vomiting and extreme itching.
Also, if a child is having trouble understanding the need to stop scratching the itch, it is recommended that the parent cover the area affected by bullous impetigo with gauze or a piece of sterilized cloth, if medicinal gauze is not handy.