Yaws is a common skin and bone infection caused by bacteria that belong to the same species that causes syphilis. Though Yaws is not sexually transmitted, it can spread quickly via direct skin contact. This disease is prevalent in tropical and hot regions. The most susceptible are children from ages 2 to 5, particularly those who are not practicing good hygiene, and their skin is always injured or wounded.
Yaws has three stages of development where the third is considered rare and severe if it is not treated correctly or immediately:
- First Stage– The appearance of “Mother Yaws,” characterized by a red bump that grows larger. It usually appears on leg areas or in the buttocks.
- Second Stage – Appearance of crusty-like rashes that now spread in the arms and legs. Sores may appear at the soles of your feet.
- Third Stage– It is rare among those who have Yaws to reach this stage. It causes severe damage not only to the skin but even to the bones and joints. It can also lead to facial disfiguration, which can affect and damage the throat.