The Summer Camp Ick
TOP 4 DIAGNOSES I’VE SEEN SINCE KIDS HAVE RETURNED FROM CAMP
1️. Molluscum Contagiosum- This is a common, benign rash primarily seen in children. This rash causes small, flesh-colored bumps that are sometimes itchy. The rash typically goes away on its own but can take months to years! The rash is easily spread at camps because it is transmitted from person-to-person contact and by items touched by the infected person, i.e., pool towels! Luckily, this usually will go away on its own without treatment.
2️. Impetigo-This very contagious skin condition is typically caused by two bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. The most common form will produce blisters, which will eventually cause honey-colored crusting in the affected areas. Impetigo requires treatment with either a topical antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotic, depending on the location and if it’s spreading.
3️. “Lingering Cough”- EVERYONE has returned from camp with some sort of cough. Wet, dry, you name it. Your healthcare provider should assess this to determine the underlying cause.
4️. Swimmer’s ear- This non-contagious infection is usually caused by water in the outer ear canal, leading to an infection due to the moist environment. The #1 sign of otitis externa (or swimmer’s ear) is pain when you touch the tragus (the small bump in front of your outer ear canal). This, too, requires treatment, so a prompt evaluation is essential.