Lesions Of Common Skin Diseases

867 WordsJun 20, 20154 Pages
Lesions of Common Skin Diseases in Children Pediatric Primary Care Physicians (PCP) deal with several visits related to skin problems. Children present with common skin diseases differently than adults. PCPs ought to be capable of treating a majority of these children (Prindaville, Antaya, and Siegfried, 2015). A very valuable skill for all PCPs to possess is the ability to recognize common skin conditions. The skin functions as an important barrier to dehydration and infection. It is imperative to acknowledge that any deterioration in the normal function of the skin can cause morbidity and mortality, especially in babies due to vulnerability to loss of heat, infection and dehydration. Varicella, Impetigo and Atopic Dermatitis are three common pediatric skin diseases. Varicella Varicella better known as chicken pox is a very contagious rash that is caused by Herpesvirus type III or Varicella Zoster Virus. Commonly occurs in children between one and six years old. The characteristics of chicken pox is prodromal phase: virus is transmitted by coming in direct contact with lesions or by mode of droplets. Immunity is permanent after one attack. The highest risk of transmitting the virus is approximately two days prior to appearance of the first vesicle and ends when crust is formed on the last vesicle. The child may develop headache, malaise, fever and lose their appetite. Rash: begins as a papule then develops into a blister on the surface of the skin. A characteristic of
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