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Swine pox (impetigo) in children - infection and treatment

Swine fever or impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that is common in children. They are often rashes around the mouth or nose of young children. Staphylococci or streptococci are the bacteria that cause porcupine. They transmit very easily between children but also in families and in preschools.

How do piglets start?

Piglets often start as small rashes, or it is a small wound, eczema or chickenpox that gets infected. First comes a redness but then it gets sore. The typical thing for pig heads is that the wounds become sticky, crusty and the skin beneath becomes red. The wounds / smallpox spread quickly if you do not treat them properly. The pig cups often sit on the lip or under the nose but can sit anywhere on the body.

The onset of porcupine, before the wounds have burst, in the nose of a child

Children can get fever from swine, and this is a sign that you need to seek care, as penicillin treatment is usually needed to get rid of swine. If the child is doing well otherwise, seek medical attention. For infants (under 6 months) or tired and lethargic children with swine fever and fever, seek child care.

You can read more about penicillin for children here


Pig cups on the cheek with typical yellowish crusts
Treatment of porcupine

You usually do not have to seek medical care or give the child penicillin if you treat the swine chickens as soon as they occur. The skin hurts where the pig heads are, so it's not that popular with the baby, but just doing. Do this:

  1. Soak crusts by applying a wet compress for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Wash away the crusts. It may bleed some wonder, but that's just fine.
  3. Bath with plenty of chlorhexidine (bactericidal solution you buy at a pharmacy or in a regular grocery store)
  4. Feel free to apply a bactericidal ointment, type Microcid (available at the pharmacy)
  5. Cover with a bandage to retain the ointment and prevent infection

It may take a week before the wounds are completely healed, but with this method they should be lessened every day. Become the bigger and more, seek the medical center. Then you can get bactericidal ointment or penicillin. However, local treatment is equally important in any case. If you find it difficult, ask a nurse at the health center to show you how to do it.

Infection and preschool in pig cups

Piglets are very contagious, and can be part of streptococcal infections that go around in a preschool group. Children with occasional well-covered pig cups may be able to go to preschool, but if you cannot cover the cups completely or if the child has scattered pig cups - stay home.

The child should stay at home until the wounds have dried out and healed, then they are no longer contagious.

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