MT: Q1

MT: Q1

2 Pages, 1 Source, APA Style; Preferred language style: English (U.S.).  1) Eczema, Impetigo, and Shingles. After you have read these three inputs, please compare and contrast the psychosocial implications of these conditions. In other words, how might the psychosocial response to each of them be similar or quite different?  Three inputs attached separately.  Thank you

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Eczema or ‘atopic dermatitis’ is a condition that usually affects infants and individuals below the age of 25 years.  Impetigo is also a condition that occurs in the similar age group.  Herpes zoster of shingles is more common in individuals above the 60 years.  It usually occurs when a stressful situation is present in life.  Children can also get shingles, but are likely to be affected not more than one time.  Hence, children in schools suffering from eczema and impetigo are likely to develop emotional problems as they may be teased and avoided by the other children in the school.  Impetigo is a short-term condition, and the child can recover faster compared to eczema.  Most cases of eczema get better by the age of 25, and only a few cases have it for their entire lifetime.  Eczema is known to be an inherited condition, and on the other hand shingles and impetigo arise due to infection with microorganisms.  The lesions in eczema may appear disfiguring in severe cases, and hence has a social stigma.  In all situations, it would be better for the individual to avoid precipitating factors such as soaps, detergents, stress, etc.  As the lesions in severe cases may appear disfiguring, prompt treatment and prevention has been advocated.

Eczema and shingles are less contagious conditions, but impetigo is known to be easily transmitted easily from one individual to another in case a breach or damage of the skin is present.  Hence, there is also a social stigma with impetigo.  In case an individual has shingles, he can transmit the virus to another individual having a large breach on the surface of the skin.  The individual is likely to develop chicken pox and not shingles.  Hence, socially, shingles is not considered to be contagious and cause panic amongst the public.  Shingles is considered to be less infectious than chicken pox.  Impetigo tends to be a short-term condition, whereas eczema and shingles take a few weeks to get better.  In the case of impetigo, it may be easier to change the negative social impression, once the lesions heal and the individual improves personal hygiene.

Shingles usually affected the trunk and the abdomen, but can less frequently affect the face (especially around the eyes), arms and legs.  It tends to affect one side of the body.  The lesions appear yellow or bloody and crusting following by the oozing of fluids may also develop.  Eczema is more frequent on the scalp, face, cheeks, etc.  They appear as itchy red patches or blisters that may ooze and form crusts.  In some individuals a dry form of eczema is also common that flakes, and appears on face, arms, neck and feet.  Since this form is more common in the parts of the body that are exposed, they would find it difficult to go out in the public, attracting negative attention.  Impetigo is also common in the exposed parts of the body including the nose, face, mouth, hands and forearm.  The infection can spread through contact with the infected skin or through the use of contaminated personal items such as handkerchiefs, towels, etc (that contain the fluid ooze from the lesions).  Hence, there are high chances of other individuals to develop infection (in case one individual develops impetigo and does not take enough precautions).  Poor hygiene can worsen the symptoms of impetigo.  Children, who develop impetigo on the face or the hands, often get negative attention from other people.  This has causes a short-term stigma for the small children who develop the condition.  Even adults, who develop the impetigo lesions, may get negative public attention.  Hence, it very important for the individual to maintain good personal hygiene and to prevent and treat impetigo (or else emotional and social problems can develop).  Once the individual is fully cured (which may take a few days or weeks), there are chances that the social activities can get back to normal.

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