Skin Health Solutions

Skin Health Solutions



Skin Health Solutions
There may be more to​ caring for​ the​ skin youre in​ than many people realize . ​
Here,​ from a​ noted dermatologist,​ is​ an​ answer to​ a​ common skin care question . ​

Q . ​
Im never surprised when my fouryearold son comes in​ from playing outside with cuts or​ scrapes . ​
But recently,​ a​ cut on​ his forearm has become red,​ swollen and​ a​ little blistery . ​
Ive washed the​ area with soap and​ water and​ applied a​ warm,​ wet washcloth to​ relieve the​ pain but its still scabby and​ swollen . ​
Should I ​ take him to​ see the​ doctor?
Worried Mom
A . ​
Dear Worried
You probably should . ​
Red,​ swollen,​ blistery skin may be a​ sign of​ a​ skin infection,​ which can occur when bacteria come in​ contact with an​ open cut or​ scrape . ​

If you​ suspect your child has a​ skin infection,​ cleaning the​ area with soap and​ water is​ a​ good first step,​ but its also very important to​ call your doctor . ​
Early treatment can prevent the​ infection from becoming more serious . ​
if​ the​ doctor determines that your child has a​ bacterial skin infection,​ the​ physician may prescribe an​ antibiotic . ​
There are many available,​ including some that taste good and​ have convenient dosing options . ​

Symptoms usually begin to​ go away within a​ few days after your child starts taking the​ medicine . ​
it​ is​ important,​ however,​ to​ finish the​ entire course of​ the​ antibiotic as​ prescribed,​ even if​ your child is​ feeling better . ​
if​ the​ child does not take all of​ the​ antibiotic,​ it​ might not cure the​ infection . ​
Be sure to​ communicate with your doctor if​ symptoms do not improve,​ if​ they worsen or​ if​ new symptoms appear . ​

• Dirk Elston,​ M . ​
D . ​
,​ is​ an​ Associate in​ the​ Department of​ Dermatology at​ the​ Geisinger Medical Center in​ Pennsylvania . ​
for​ more information on​ childrens skin infections,​ see your doctor . ​

An inflamed cut should be seen by a​ doctor who can prescribe an​ antibiotic if​ necessary,​ health experts say . ​




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