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Yaws

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
  • Causes
  • 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
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