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Should i clean my impetigo scalp lesions before applying ointment

A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Impetigo: Impetigo is a skin infection usually caused by a bacteria and yes it can involve the scalp or any other area of the body.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 25 years experience
This should be fine: as long as your impetigo is being appropriately treated by your healthcare provider.
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 45 years experience
See your doctor: Healing skin infections should start to get smaller and less red with treatment. If you are concerned return to your doctor for a recheck.
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
It is not: After 5 days you should be getting a response. You need to start an antibiotic. You should let your provider know.
Dr. Melissa Gowans
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Impetigo: The redness around the lesion should be shrinking in diameter. Are you applying warm compresses for the lesion? That may help in conjunction with th... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
May need more: Simple impetigo in a localized setting may respond to local treatment with bactroban. Cleansing the area with peroxide can assist in some cases. When ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satish Sundar
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Right drug?: Please talk to your doctor You may need a different antibiotic due to a feud resistant staph infection or even a culture to determine this
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doesn't sound good: A preschooler with impetigo (skin infection) who then gets a skin lump that is swelling "by the second" sounds bad. It's possible that the forehead kn... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 58 years experience
Ointment: Presumably the ointment would kill the germs fairly promptly
A female asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
Pediatrics 25 years experience
If around others: If she is around other children or siblings then covering it would be a good idea to prevent spread to others. If not around others then there isn't a... Read More
A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: It can be used in simple localized areas. However, if you are seeing such areas show up in a variety of sites your doc may need to prescribe an oral m... Read More
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Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Mastitis in a baby?: Make warm compresses with a clean wet warm washcloth over the area wrapped in Saran wrap for now to increase blood flow, encourage healing, and draina... Read More

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