Stretch marks typically appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. These lines are a different color and texture than your normal skin, and they range from purple to bright pink to light gray. When you touch stretch marks with your fingers, you might feel a slight ridge or indentation on your skin. Sometimes, stretch marks feel itchy or sore. These lines commonly appear during or after pregnancy or after a sudden change in your weight. They also tend to occur in adolescents who are rapidly growing.
Statewide active surveillance for invasive (pneumococcal) disease began in 2002, expanded from the metropolitan area, where active surveillance was ongoing since 1995. In 2013, 542(10.1 per 100,000) cases of invasive pneumococcal disease were reported. By age group, annual incidence rates per 100,000 were 12.6 cases among children aged 0-4 years, 2.2 cases among children and adults aged 5-39 years, 10.4 cases among adults 40-64 years, and 34.9 cases among adults aged 65 years and older. In 2013, pneumonia occurred most frequently (66% of infections), followed by bacteremia without another focus of infection (23%), and pneumococcal meningitis (4%).
The treatment for stretch marks is limited, and there is no curative treatment. The most invasive therapies for stretch marks involve physician-administered laser surgery. Improvement in stretch marks with laser therapy is accomplished by wounding the scarred skin and hoping that the newly healed skin will have a more normal, cosmetically acceptable appearance. Medical reports of Nd:YAG laser, radiofrequency devices, and fractional photothermolysis have shown some degree of improvement in stretch mark appearance but not resolution. The earlier the stretch mark is treated, generally the better the result. Red immature stretch marks are more amenable to treatment than those that have matured to a silvery white.