Impetigo is an infection of the skin which is caused by germs known as staphylococci or streptococci or by a combination of the two. This infection causes red sores that can break open, ooze fluid and develop a yellow-brown crust anywhere on the body however most often around the mouth and nose. The sores are generally not painful but may be itchy. Impetigo can occur at any age, but most common in children. It is contagious and can spread to others through close contact or by sharing towels, sheets, toys or clothing.
Instructions for treating Impetigo:
Do not vigorously soap or scrub the affected areas. This will further irritate them and prevent their healing.
Gently soak or compress the affected areas with lukewarm tap water and a soft cloth for 5 – 10 minutes several times daily. This will help to remove scabs, drainage and bacteria growing on the skin surface.
Following the compresses, apply our recommended antibiotic ointment sparingly over the entire affected area and rub in well.
If an oral antibiotic is prescribed, be certain to take this for the entire recommended period of time. Do this even if the rash is greatly improved before the prescription is finished.
Impetigo is regarded as a contagious disease. Children who develop it will generally need to be kept home from school and prevented from coming into contact with other children for several days. Patients whose jobs bring them into contact with the public, such as teachers and health care workers, should remain off work for several days. Family memebers should not share towels and wash cloths while the rash is present.
Topical antibiotic and oral antibiotic