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  • 12 Common Summertime Skin Rashes in Children 12 Common Summertime Skin Rashes in Children

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

    Summertime is fun-time, play time, splash time, a time when children are more active, spend more time outside, they interact more with the natural environment, they enjoy and strengthen their bodies. Unfortunately, this increased interaction with the environment also puts them at higher risk of specific skin conditions. Here are the top 12 summertime skin problems in young children.

     

    1. Heat rashes- due to the heat of summer and friction between the skin folds, certain parts of the body may develop red bumps or even blisters. Neck folds, elbows, armpits, are more prone to such rashes. Prevent them by dressing your child in comfortable and sweat absorbing clothing. Sometimes talcum powder may help.

    2. Plant rashes- Some plants may irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions, but children are often not aware of such dangers. If any such plants grow in the neighborhood, it is better to teach children about them. In case a child is exposed to such plant, treat the skin with hydrocortisone cream.

    3. Eczema- is an allergic reaction that may be triggered by food items, by dry air, overheating, sweating, or it may even be triggered by chlorine in a pool. If you know the reason for eczema, then just avoid the exposure. Anti-allergic ointments are available from the pharmacy.

    4. Insect bites- These may cause anything from mild discomfort and itchiness to severe anaphylactic shock in allergic children. It is best to teach a child regarding such dangers. If a child is known to have an anaphylactic reaction to an insect bite, then keeping an EpiPen at home makes sense, it may be injected before the arrival of emergency services.

    5. Impetigo- This is a common childhood bacterial infection that may cause rashes or blisters. It may require treatment with an antibiotic. Consult your pediatrician.

    6. Swimmer’s itch- This often occurs while swimming in lakes and other natural water reserves. It is caused by to a parasite that burrows into the skin. Avoid swimming at places that are known to harbor these parasites. In case of exposure, tell the child not to scratch. In most cases it will get well without treatment, but in some extreme instances it may require medical care.

    7. Sandworms- As the name connotes, these are worms that are found in sand and they may burrow into the child’s skin while playing with sand. If often happens at places where sand has been contaminated by feces of animals. Usually, it heals by itself in a month, but some cases may need treatment.

    8. Folliculitis- Also called hot tub rash, it occurs when taking a bath in untidy pools and tubs. This condition is an infection of hair follicle, and it may sometimes need treatment with antibiotics.

    9. Molluscum virus- Yet another infection caught through contaminated water pools. It is a viral infection that causes dome-shaped bumps; rashes would generally occur on the chest, back, arms or legs. It is contagious infection thus a child must not share bedding or towel with others while infected. Fortunately, the disease is self-limiting, and a child would get well without any treatment.

    10. Sweaty socks syndrome- caused due to extensive sweating of feet, often the result of wearing improper footwear. Thus the solution to the condition is to wear breathable footwear. If the skin of toes crack, consult your pediatrician.

    11. Ringworm- is a fungal infection that can occur at any age. It happens more commonly in moist parts of the body. The rash is oval and usually very itchy. The rash is typically red at the edges, while not very red in the center. It is treated with antifungal ointments.

    12. Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease- is caused by Enterovirus coxsackie, and as the name says, painful rashes are present around the mouth, inside the mouth, and at hands and feet (palm and soles). A child may develop a fever. Infection is self-limiting and should disappear within a week.

     

    NOTE:

    LAVIOR was founded with the single-minded purpose of finding natural plant-based solutions to as many of today’s afflictions as possible. Though our goal is still to be fully realized, we did make great strides in that direction.

    Our product line is based on a powerful medicinal plant that has been proven to be:
    Anti-Inflammatory
    - Anti-Viral
    - Anti-Bacterial
    - Anti-Fungal
    - Anti-Oxidant

     

    Summertime is fun-time, play time, splash time, a time when children are more active, spend more time outside, they interact more with the natural environment, they enjoy and strengthen their bodies. Unfortunately, this increased interaction with the environment also puts them at higher risk of specific skin conditions. Here are the top 12 summertime skin problems in young children.

     

    1. Heat rashes- due to the heat of summer and friction between the skin folds, certain parts of the body may develop red bumps or even blisters. Neck folds, elbows, armpits, are more prone to such rashes. Prevent them by dressing your child in comfortable and sweat absorbing clothing. Sometimes talcum powder may help.

    2. Plant rashes- Some plants may irritate the skin or cause allergic reactions, but children are often not aware of such dangers. If any such plants grow in the neighborhood, it is better to teach children about them. In case a child is exposed to such plant, treat the skin with hydrocortisone cream.

    3. Eczema- is an allergic reaction that may be triggered by food items, by dry air, overheating, sweating, or it may even be triggered by chlorine in a pool. If you know the reason for eczema, then just avoid the exposure. Anti-allergic ointments are available from the pharmacy.

    4. Insect bites- These may cause anything from mild discomfort and itchiness to severe anaphylactic shock in allergic children. It is best to teach a child regarding such dangers. If a child is known to have an anaphylactic reaction to an insect bite, then keeping an EpiPen at home makes sense, it may be injected before the arrival of emergency services.

    5. Impetigo- This is a common childhood bacterial infection that may cause rashes or blisters. It may require treatment with an antibiotic. Consult your pediatrician.

    6. Swimmer’s itch- This often occurs while swimming in lakes and other natural water reserves. It is caused by to a parasite that burrows into the skin. Avoid swimming at places that are known to harbor these parasites. In case of exposure, tell the child not to scratch. In most cases it will get well without treatment, but in some extreme instances it may require medical care.

    7. Sandworms- As the name connotes, these are worms that are found in sand and they may burrow into the child’s skin while playing with sand. If often happens at places where sand has been contaminated by feces of animals. Usually, it heals by itself in a month, but some cases may need treatment.

    8. Folliculitis- Also called hot tub rash, it occurs when taking a bath in untidy pools and tubs. This condition is an infection of hair follicle, and it may sometimes need treatment with antibiotics.

    9. Molluscum virus- Yet another infection caught through contaminated water pools. It is a viral infection that causes dome-shaped bumps; rashes would generally occur on the chest, back, arms or legs. It is contagious infection thus a child must not share bedding or towel with others while infected. Fortunately, the disease is self-limiting, and a child would get well without any treatment.

    10. Sweaty socks syndrome- caused due to extensive sweating of feet, often the result of wearing improper footwear. Thus the solution to the condition is to wear breathable footwear. If the skin of toes crack, consult your pediatrician.

    11. Ringworm- is a fungal infection that can occur at any age. It happens more commonly in moist parts of the body. The rash is oval and usually very itchy. The rash is typically red at the edges, while not very red in the center. It is treated with antifungal ointments.

    12. Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease- is caused by Enterovirus coxsackie, and as the name says, painful rashes are present around the mouth, inside the mouth, and at hands and feet (palm and soles). A child may develop a fever. Infection is self-limiting and should disappear within a week.

     

    NOTE:

    LAVIOR was founded with the single-minded purpose of finding natural plant-based solutions to as many of today’s afflictions as possible. Though our goal is still to be fully realized, we did make great strides in that direction.

    Our product line is based on a powerful medicinal plant that has been proven to be:
    Anti-Inflammatory
    - Anti-Viral
    - Anti-Bacterial
    - Anti-Fungal
    - Anti-Oxidant

     

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  • Most Common Viral Skin Infections Most Common Viral Skin Infections

    Posted on by Anabelle Savion

    It is vital to differentiate between viral and bacterial skin infections, since they are treated differently. Antibiotics are effective for bacterial infections, but they are ineffective in viral diseases. Fortunately, many viral infections are also self-limiting. Below are few of the most frequent viral skin infections that cause rashes:

    • Herpes simplex virus (type 1 and type 2) - These are perhaps the most common viral infections. They are characterized by rashes of the mucous membrane of mouth, throat, and in some cases, in the eye or genitals. HSV-1 infection is contracted during childhood, while HSV-2 is transmitted through sexual activity. Once infected, the virus will remain in the person’s body forever. Skin eruptions may occur from time to time in some individuals, while others may never see any rashes. The virus stays in the body in a latent stage, and it may be reactivated due to an illness, hormonal changes, trauma, etc. 
    Doctors sometimes recommend topical ointments based on acyclovir to treat the condition, but many have become resistant to this drug. Fortunately, LAVIOR has innovated a natural plant-based product proven to treat the Herpes virus. 

    • Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) - This is one virus that causes two illnesses at different stages of life. Most people are exposed to the VZV in the childhood, and in some, it may cause varicella (chickenpox), characterized by the development of vesicles on the skin. After the primary infection, a person develops immunity and VZV continues to persist in the nervous system in a latent stage. However, in some individuals, it may get re-activated later in life and cause painful blisters along the path of sensory nerves (dermatome served by that sensory nerve or ganglia). This secondary infection is called Zoster (or herpes zoster) or shingles. It may be severe if cranial nerves are involved as that may cause impairment of sight and other severe complications. Zoster or shingles would often be treated with antiviral drugs, including both the topical and systemic therapy. It is among the few viral infections in which antiviral drugs are useful Though antiviral treatment would not eradicate the virus forever, it would help in quick suppression. 

    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) - This is responsible for skin rashes to some severe types of cancers; there are more than 100 types of HPVs identified. HPV virus often causes plantar warts on the feet, while in others it may cause warts on the neck or face. Viral warts may occur in school-aged children or adults. In some cases, it may even cause genital warts (they occur in sexually active individuals). Cervix cancer in women is commonly the result of HPV virus. At present, no antiviral drug can efficiently suppress the virus, but HPV vaccine is available. It is recommended that all women (childbearing age and younger) should be vaccinated with HPV vaccine to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
    • Molluscum contagiosum - It is an infection caused by a poxvirus and gives very odd looking painless bumps that are usually the size of a pencil If they are scratched, they may spread the infection. It is an extremely contagious infection and spread through either person to person contact or through the contact with contaminated objects. At present, there is no medical drug to treat this infection. The condition may persist for few months to a year, but finally it would disappear. Sometimes, these bumps may be removed by a doctor, though these procedures involve a painful recuperation period.
     
    NOTE:

    LAVIOR was founded with the single-minded purpose of finding natural plant-based solutions to as many of today’s afflictions as possible. Though our goal is still to be fully realized, we did make great strides in that direction.
    Our product line is based on a powerful medicinal plant that has been proven to be:
    1. Anti-Inflammatory
    2. Anti-VIRAL
    3. Anti-Bacterial
    4. Anti-Fungal
    5. Anti-Oxidant

    It is vital to differentiate between viral and bacterial skin infections, since they are treated differently. Antibiotics are effective for bacterial infections, but they are ineffective in viral diseases. Fortunately, many viral infections are also self-limiting. Below are few of the most frequent viral skin infections that cause rashes:

    • Herpes simplex virus (type 1 and type 2) - These are perhaps the most common viral infections. They are characterized by rashes of the mucous membrane of mouth, throat, and in some cases, in the eye or genitals. HSV-1 infection is contracted during childhood, while HSV-2 is transmitted through sexual activity. Once infected, the virus will remain in the person’s body forever. Skin eruptions may occur from time to time in some individuals, while others may never see any rashes. The virus stays in the body in a latent stage, and it may be reactivated due to an illness, hormonal changes, trauma, etc. 
    Doctors sometimes recommend topical ointments based on acyclovir to treat the condition, but many have become resistant to this drug. Fortunately, LAVIOR has innovated a natural plant-based product proven to treat the Herpes virus. 

    • Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) - This is one virus that causes two illnesses at different stages of life. Most people are exposed to the VZV in the childhood, and in some, it may cause varicella (chickenpox), characterized by the development of vesicles on the skin. After the primary infection, a person develops immunity and VZV continues to persist in the nervous system in a latent stage. However, in some individuals, it may get re-activated later in life and cause painful blisters along the path of sensory nerves (dermatome served by that sensory nerve or ganglia). This secondary infection is called Zoster (or herpes zoster) or shingles. It may be severe if cranial nerves are involved as that may cause impairment of sight and other severe complications. Zoster or shingles would often be treated with antiviral drugs, including both the topical and systemic therapy. It is among the few viral infections in which antiviral drugs are useful Though antiviral treatment would not eradicate the virus forever, it would help in quick suppression. 

    • Human papillomavirus (HPV) - This is responsible for skin rashes to some severe types of cancers; there are more than 100 types of HPVs identified. HPV virus often causes plantar warts on the feet, while in others it may cause warts on the neck or face. Viral warts may occur in school-aged children or adults. In some cases, it may even cause genital warts (they occur in sexually active individuals). Cervix cancer in women is commonly the result of HPV virus. At present, no antiviral drug can efficiently suppress the virus, but HPV vaccine is available. It is recommended that all women (childbearing age and younger) should be vaccinated with HPV vaccine to reduce the risk of cervical cancer.
    • Molluscum contagiosum - It is an infection caused by a poxvirus and gives very odd looking painless bumps that are usually the size of a pencil If they are scratched, they may spread the infection. It is an extremely contagious infection and spread through either person to person contact or through the contact with contaminated objects. At present, there is no medical drug to treat this infection. The condition may persist for few months to a year, but finally it would disappear. Sometimes, these bumps may be removed by a doctor, though these procedures involve a painful recuperation period.
     
    NOTE:

    LAVIOR was founded with the single-minded purpose of finding natural plant-based solutions to as many of today’s afflictions as possible. Though our goal is still to be fully realized, we did make great strides in that direction.
    Our product line is based on a powerful medicinal plant that has been proven to be:
    1. Anti-Inflammatory
    2. Anti-VIRAL
    3. Anti-Bacterial
    4. Anti-Fungal
    5. Anti-Oxidant

    Read more