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Herpes in children

This is a disease, which often leads elders to seek the advice of the potter rather than the doctor.

health and fitness Updated: Aug 06, 2003 19:10 IST
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This is a disease, which often leads elders to seek the advice of the potter rather than the doctor. This disease, which primarily affects the children, is of two types.

Herpes Zoster is a type of a Pox, part of the Chicken Pox complex of infections. This affects one segment of the body based on the nerve supply and this segment may either be on face, chest, hip, the back or the hands.

The more common form of skin infection is Impetigo, that appears as blisters over the face, abdomen etc. Patients with Impetigo in addition to having a bath daily should also apply prescribed ointment over the affected areas of skin.

It is a common practice for villagers in India to take patients with herpes to the local potter who applies clay or mud on the affected skin.

This is dangerous as the clay or mud applied could introduce infections, even causing deadly diseases like tetanus. So this practice should be avoided.

(Source: Webhealthcentre.com)

First Published: Aug 06, 2003 19:10 IST