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Mother notices a red line under her son’s foot that was a sign of an infection

On social networks, a mother warned parents about the infection that struck her 17-month-old son, lymphangitis.

This Instagram post was massively shared. A mother of a 17-month-old boy wanted to raise awareness among other parents. After a mosquito bite on her young son’s foot, she noticed an abnormal reaction. “About a year ago on Facebook I saw the story of this mother who had marked me and yesterday morning unfortunately I saw the same under my son’s foot (due to mosquito bites) the famous red line”, explains the young woman in the caption of a photo posted on Instagram.

“It turns out that this red line, which can be harmless, is a lymphangitis (red string under the skin) infection in the blood, and if not treated in time, it can go up to the heart and end in sepsis,” Mom continued . In fact, lymphangitis is an acute bacterial infection of the peripheral lymphatic channels where the lymph circulates. Before you finish: “10 days of antibiotics for my son and a checkup on Tuesday at the hospital, of course, to see if the line isn’t progressing by then”. She wanted to thank a previous post published on social networks by a mother who shared this accident. Sensitized to this infection, she reacted more quickly.

Antibiotic treatment

This phenomenon is also called “cellulite” and can also occur on the breast during breastfeeding, then it is mastitis. In most cases, lymphangitis is the consequence of the presence of bacteria, streptococci or staphylococcus aureus. These can enter through a wound or (as is the case here) a mosquito bite. Other symptoms should be identified such as fever, headache and chills.

How to avoid it? “To prevent cellulitis, wash and disinfect any wound or pimple using a disinfectant containing, for example, chlorhexidine (Merfen or Septivon aqueous solution). Try to avoid your child scratching his lesions,” advises the pediatrician’s online website. In the majority of patients, treatment with antibiotics is effective.

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