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how long does impetigo last

A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
57 years experience Pediatrics
Impetigo treatment: Try taking baths with warm soapy water. Add 3-4 tablespoons of bleach to water as a disinfectant. Also apply bactrioban to your nostrils several times ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Morris Westfried
45 years experience Dermatology
Several weeks: Untreated it could last several weeks or months. With treatment it will resolve in about a week with either bactroban or Altabax (retapamulin) or oral ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes,: if inappropriately treated, or not treated at all!
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Patterson
31 years experience Pediatrics
Usually not long: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection. If only a small area is involved, topical antibiotic cream or ointment usually works. Larger areas may need ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alissa Zenack
21 years experience Pediatrics
Impetigo: Impetigo should improve within 5-7 days of starting the antibiotic. If the rash is widespread, you may need to use an oral antibiotic in addition to ... Read More
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A 59-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
When it's crusty: Impetigo is contagious until crusty plaque is completely resolved with complete healing (closure) of the skin without residual weeping or discharge.
A 14-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephanie Saxton-daniels
19 years experience Dermatology
Days: With appropriate treatment, skin infections usually resolve within days. They become less scaly and red as they heal.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ajay Acharya
36 years experience Internal Medicine
5 to 7 days: Depends on extent and severity.
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Mease
47 years experience Pediatrics
Rashes: Impetigo is a common skin infection in infants and children. There is no standard incubation period. It most commonly occurs in an area of skin irri ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Emily Ulmer
39 years experience Family Medicine
Several weeks.: it can take several weeks before it goes down to normal size
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