Yaws is a tropical infection of the skin, bones and joints that is caused by the spirochete bacterium, Treponema pallidum pertenue. Yaws begins as a round, hard swelling on the skin. As the swelling grows, it may break open and form an ulcer. The disease is spread through skin contact. Symptoms of Yaws are:
• Appearance of a painless skin nodule (mother yaw)
• Enlargement of nodule into a wart
• Appearance of daughter yaws
• Rapid spread of warts as crab yaws to palms of hands and soles of feet
HOW IS YAWS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of yaws is done by a general physician who would do a routine examination and also culture test via Dark field microscopy.
HOW IS YAWS TREATED?
Usually the treatment process begins with using intramuscular injection of penicillin, which helps to get rid of the infection in the earlier stages. The later stages are more difficult to treat and often the changes are irreversible.
DID YOU KNOW?
There is a very high risk of yaws getting worse in the later stages of the disease and also becomes infectious. Medication is highly recommended as soon as possible.