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should i clean my impetigo scalp lesions before applying ointment

A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Bergman
40 years experience Pediatrics
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 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
This should be fine: as long as your impetigo is being appropriately treated by your healthcare provider.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
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.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satish Sundar
33 years experience Pediatrics
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 4-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
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
57 years experience Pediatrics
Ointment: Presumably the ointment would kill the germs fairly promptly
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A 6-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Mosolf
24 years experience Pediatrics
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
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
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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A 5-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carrie Cannon
32 years experience Family Medicine
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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