Information about Yaws
We Have to Know about the Yaws
- Yaws is an infectious disease that affects the skin and bones
- Yaws is a tropical illness and most often affects children between the ages of 2 and 5
- Confined to warm & highly humid forest living population
- Yaws is caused by a subspecies of Treponema pertenue.
- Yaws is not transmitted sexually.
- Yaws almost always is transmitted by direct contact with infected skin
Do’s and Don’ts -Yaws
Signs & Symptoms of Yaws
- A single, itchy, raspberry-like growth on the skin, usually on the legs or buttocks, which eventually develops a thin, yellow crust
- Swollen lymph nodes (swollen glands)
- A rash that forms a brown crust
- Bone and joint pain
- Painful bumps or sores on the skin and on the soles of the feet
- Facial swelling and disfiguration (in late yaws)
Risk Factors of Yaws
- Children are more susceptible to infection.
Medical advice for Yaws
- See a doctor if symptoms of yaws develop.
Self Care for Yaws
- Regular bathing with soap
- Following principles of personal hygiene
- Using daily & regularly washed clothes
Treatment for Yaws
- Cheap, safe, and effective medications are available in the market.
- Effective medicines are available freely at all govt. Health Centers & Hospitals
Investigations for Yaws
- Lab tests not essential for diagnosing the disease