Amy picks up her 5-year-old child at day care, and notes a red sore near the side of his mouth.
The sore is crusted and scabbed over, and her child keeps rubbing it.
Her child otherwise appears well, doesn’t seem to have a fever, and is asking for dinner.
What is this child’s diagnosis?
- Cold sore
If you picked 2. Impetigo, you are correct!
Impetigo is a rash caused by Staph or Strep bacteria. Risk factors include day care, sports participation, and breaks in the skin. It is spread by contact.
Impetigo causes a rash that is reddish with yellow crusting on the face, arms, or legs. It can be painful or itchy.
Treatment is with topical cream such as Mupirocin ointment
Chickenpox is a rash that affects the body and face, and is usually a widespread rash associated with a fever. Cold sores are usually a group of blisters and often associated with a fever. Measles is a flat rash that starts on the face and spreads to the body, and is associated with fever cough runny, nose, and inflamed eyes.