Yaws is a common chronic infectious disease that occurs mainly in warm humid regions such as the tropical areas. Yaws usually features lesions that appear as bumps on the skin of the face, hands, feet, and genital area. The disease most often starts as a single lesion that becomes slightly elevated, develops a crust that is shed, leaving a base that resembles the texture of a raspberry or strawberry.
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?
If appropriately treated in its early stages, yaws is highly curable. A single injection of long-acting penicillin into a muscle is effective. Skin lesions may take several months to heal. If treated in its late stage, significant disfigurement may persist permanently. A single intramuscular injection of Benzathine Penicillin is curative. Relapse is very rare. The dose for adults is 1.2 million units and for children 600 000 units. For those who are allergic to penicillin, tetracycline, erythromycin and doxycycline could be used.
DID YOU KNOW?
It has been seen that yaws in the later stages tends to become quite infectious. Hence faster healing and medication is highly recommended as soon as possible.