What is a drool rash?
A drool rash is a skin condition caused by the irritation of the mouth or nose when saliva leaks out from between your teeth. The saliva contains bacteria called Streptococcus mutans which cause strep throat. The bacteria are normally present on your tongue and in other parts of your mouth but they become active when you have a cold or the flu. These types of infections usually go away within 24 hours without treatment. However, if the infection goes untreated it may lead to a serious illness called strep throat.
How do I get a drool rash?
Drooling is contagious and can occur anywhere on your body including your face, hands, feet and genitals. A person with a drool rash will sometimes sneeze or cough while doing something like eating food or drinking water. This causes saliva to leak out of their mouth and onto their cheeks or chin causing them to look gaunt looking.
Why does my child have a drool rash?
The main reason why children tend to develop a drool rash is because they are exposed to germs (bacteria) in the environment. They can get these germs from:
Coughing or sneezing while cleaning their nose or mouth.
Touching dirty surfaces such as toys, rugs, etc.
Breathing in dust particles from the air.
Obviously, children with a drool rash should avoid situations in which their saliva spills or leaks from the mouth. If this is not possible, it is essential that you wash your hands regularly. This is because hands can easily pick up and spread harmful bacteria.
Other ways to prevent the spread of bacteria is to ensure that the child washes their hands on a regular basis and has proper dental care.
How can I prevent a drool rash?
The most important way to prevent a drool rash is to practice good dental hygiene. This includes cleaning and flossing your teeth on a regular basis. The American Dental Association suggests that you should brush your teeth at least two times daily and floss them once per day. In addition, it is important that you visit your dentist for check-ups and cleanings at least twice each year.
The best way to reduce your risk of getting strep throat is to get an antibiotic prescription from your doctor. If you are sick, you should stay home and prevent yourself from spreading the infection to other people. This is because the bacteria that causes strep throat can be contagious to others.
It is also important that you do not share towels, washcloths, or utensils with other people.
Is a drool rash contagious?
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