Monday, January 11, 2010

And then there was this...

This week in "Day's Of Our Charlotte"

(sung to the tune "oh Tannenbaum")

Oh WebMD, Oh WebMD, how lovely are your answers!
Our child, Charlotte
Is a magnet to all bad things
An open cut
Is a target ring

Oh WebMD, Oh WebMD, how lovely are your answers!

Charlotte had a cut on her nose on tuesday that turned into a rash around her eyes on Saturday. Diagnosed it as IMPETIGO:

Understanding Impetigo

What Is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection. It can appear anywhere on the body but usually attacks exposed areas. Children tend to get it on the face, especially around the nose and

mouth, and sometimes on the arms or legs. The infected areas appear in plaques ranging from dime to quarter size, starting as tiny blisters that break and expose moist, red skin. After a few days the infected area is covered with a grainy, golden crust that gradually spreads at the edges.

The most common cause of impetigo is Staphylococcus aureus. However, another bacteria source is group A streptococcus. These bacteria lurk everywhere. It is easier for a child with an open wound or fresh scratch to contract impetigo.

Most people get this highly infectious disease through physical contact with someone who has it, or from sharing the same clothes, bedding, towels, or other objects. The very nature of childhood, which includes lots of physical contact and large-group activities, makes children the primary victims and carriers of impetigo.


Stay tuned next week... when Charlotte "let's give 'em somthin' to talk about" hits the slopes for the 1st time!


Lori said...

Bummer...I had that once...not fun! Best of luck! :)

Dawn said...

HUH??!! For real?

You couldn't make this stuff up. I'm starting work on a bigger bubble for Tots.

Amy Cunningham said...

URGH! All things nasty...GO AWAY! Leave our immuneley(yes I know that's not a word) challenged children alone!!!

Lesli said...

omg Erica..You have had a rough winter!! Hang in there, I hope everything gets better SOON!

Lisa Wheeler Milton said...

Your luck runneth over. Pish!

I hope it heals up fast. Poor Miss Girl.