One of the very serious kinds of infection of the skin is Yaw, which affects the bones and the joints. Symptoms of Yaws include nodules appearing in different places of the body, especially the hands and the face. One would notice the emergence of more nodules with higher levels of inflammation and swelling happening in these areas to along with eruption of pus in some cases.
HOW IS YAWS DIAGNOSED?
A sample from a skin sore is examined under a special type of microscope (darkfield examination). There is no blood test for yaws. However, the blood test for syphilis is often positive in people with yaws because the bacteria that cause these 2 conditions are closely related.
HOW IS YAWS TREATED?
Intramuscular injection of penicillin is one of the first treatment procedures, 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.