Four Common Illnesses Spread among children at School

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Published on April 14, 2016

Four Common Illnesses Spread at School

After having a week off of school to have some fun in the sun for Spring break, your child may need a reminder that the spread of germs and illnesses can happen in a matter of seconds.

Kids and teachers are in such close proximity to each other. They share equipment and school supplies. And this can mean sharing germs, too. Here are some common illnesses that your child may pick up while spending his or her day learning:

  • Impetigo
    This is a highly contagious skin infection that causes red sores on the face, neck and hands of young children and infants. It is rarer for adults to catch this condition, but it can happen if they have had another skin condition or infection recently. It is most commonly spread by skin-to-skin contact.
  • Mononucleosis
    Often called mono or kissing disease, this is a viral infection that causes flu like symptoms such as fatigue, fever, rash, body aches and swollen glands. It is most commonly spread by saliva.
  • Pink eye
    This is an inflammation or infection of the outer portion of your eyeball and inner eyelid. Some common symptoms include redness, itching and tearing of the eyes. It can also lead to discharge or crusting around the eyes. It is very easily be spread by hand-to-eye contact.
  • Ringworm
    This is a highly contagious, fungal infection of the skin or scalp. Ringworm is typically scaly and may be red and itchy. You may notice that there is a darkening of your child’s skin, fissures, peeling, red rashes or scaly patches. It spreads very easily by skin-to-skin contact.

The easiest way to prevent the spread of any germ is by practicing good hand hygiene. It is recommended that you wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. You could also clean your hands with an alcohol-based gel or foam.

If you or your child end up catching an infection, consider going to Bronson FastCare. Our qualified healthcare providers are trained to diagnose and treat these illnesses and no appointment is required. Bronson FastCare is located at 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., inside Meijer, in Portage, Mich. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bronson FastCare provides a wide range of treatments and services. It’s about getting help when you’re sick or itchy – with little or no wait, for one low price. Click here for more information on our other urgent care and emergency department locations in the Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Paw Paw areas.

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