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.
During 2009, 494 strains of S. isolated were collected. Complete serotyping by latex antisera and molecular methods was performed. The most frequent serotypes isolated from children with IPD were 1 (26.2%), 19A (25%) and 7F (14.3%). Serotype 19A was predominant (42.1%) in children ≤ 2 years, whereas serotype 1 was predominant (63.3%) after the age of 5. Serotype 19A was the most frequently isolated serotype from AOM (62.3%). In adults, serotypes responsible for IPD were 7F (19.4%), 19A (13.7%), 1 (8.4%) and 3 (7.5%). The serotype 19A was predominant in adults older than 65 years (19.1%).
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. This is because the reddish stretch marks are still healing, and the healing can be modified by intervention. Sometimes, camouflage (the use of cosmetics) is the best option to hide the scars. A spa treatment for stretch marks is the use of microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion uses a spray head to bombard the skin with tiny salt crystals, baking soda, or aluminum particles to literally sand the skin, a process medically known as exfoliation.