Your toddler approached you crying. He seemed uncomfortable and would scratch his arms, face, and legs from time to time. What tends to be a tiny blister on his forehead turned clusters of reddish spots around his eyes, ears, and arms. It is because scratching the sores spread the infection from one place to another or even to another person. This bacterial infection is called mamaso. PSST.ph details its symptoms, causes, and treatment.
What is mamaso?
Also known as impetigo, mamaso are small blisters or paso that erupt into wounds. They form yellow crusts on the child’s skin and can easily spread to the entire body. The infection commonly starts from insect bites, skin rashes, and minor cuts that the infected person scratch. It is highly contagious, itchy, and sometimes painful. Because they can’t resist the itchy feeling, small kids are tempted to scratch the sores which spread the infection from one place to another.
As it mostly affects young children two to five years old and even infants, mamaso can even be contracted by adults through skin to skin contact. Sharing of towels and other personal belongings can fasten its spread, too, to other persons.
Impetigo accounts for about 10 percent of skin issues in pediatric clinics. Others refer to it as a school disease because it can easily spread from an individual to another in a daycare center or classroom. It can quickly spread among family members too.
What are the common symptoms of mamaso?
The main symptom of mamaso is itchy red blisters on the skin. These reddish spots usually come in clusters around the nose and lips. They can also be seen on skin folds and even expand to cover more skin.
The blisters ooze and burst, forming yellowish to a honey-colored crust. In some cases, the infection forms small, pus-filled sores. At first, the sores are itchy and can be painful. They are also unsightly. The spots fade though without leaving scars when they have healed. For severe cases, a child may experience fever and swollen glands.
What causes mamaso?
Science explains that the skin surface is usually home to many friendly bacteria that shields one from disease-causing bacteria such as Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
However, such disease-causing bacteria can take advantage of a break in the skin from an insect bite, wound or cut. This then causes blisters to form and spread when scratched. Though impetigo isn’t usually life-threatening, complications may sometimes develop.
Science refers to the infection as primary impetigo when it infects a healthy skin. Though it still remains a question how such bacteria can colonize and cause an infection on a normal healthy skin. The infection is referred secondary impetigo if it occurs in a broken skin.
What is the possible treatment for mamaso?
The use of topical antibiotics usually clears impetigo in a week. It can also heal on its own in two to four weeks. Other physicians recommend oral antibiotics especially if the mamaso is widespread. However, there are reports of nausea as a common side effect of oral antibiotics.
Aside from antibiotics, hygiene is highly important, too, to stop the spread of impetigo. Hand washing is important same with disinfecting everything the infected person touches.
It is prudent, too, to see a doctor if one suspects mamaso. Self-medication may complicate the infection, more so not giving proper care and notice. Only a doctor can confirm if such blisters are caused by the disease-causing bacteria Staphylococcus and Streptococcus.
How to prevent mamaso?
As always, prevention is better than cure. Regular bathing cuts down the bacterial infection. Skin wounds are best covered properly especially if going outside. Well clipped and clean nails are not only a sight to behold but prevent children from scratching themselves and complicating open wounds. In case of a wound, it is best to orient kids not to touch or scratch the open sores to prevent infection from spreading.
How to deal with mamaso?
If you see red blisters oozing, forming a honey-colored crust on your child’s skin, he may probably have impetigo. Don’t fret about the unsightly appearance as mamaso is generally something not to worry about. It is highly contagious, however, clears up quickly with antibiotics. But the best way to avoid the spread of infection and not being contracted with bacteria is diligent good hygiene.