A 4-year-old male asked:
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4 year old was diagnosed with impetigo on his face and started cephalexin yesterday. he says its "itchy". what can i put on the spot to soothe it?

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Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Wash: Try washing the area with soap/water and letting it dry out. A non-irritating skin lotion may also provide some relief. Try not to let him/her scratch the area too much!
Answered on Feb 12, 2015
Dr. Natalie Hodge
25 years experience Pediatrics
Cortisone: 1% hydrocortisone twice a day will do the trick. If he is really scratching, then you can even try a dose of benadryl (diphenhydramine) one teaspoon for him is fine, especially if scratching at night is a problem. Hope he is better soon!
Answered on Feb 12, 2015
Dr. Robert Choate
43 years experience Pediatrics
Impetigo: wash gently with soap and water, dry well, apply a triple antibiotic ointment, cut the nails of the child to prevent excoriation
Answered on Feb 12, 2015
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
35 years experience Clinical Psychology
Ask Dr or pharmacist: Ask his doctor or your pharmacist since children's skin is more sensitive but very gentle dabing (not rubbing) with a soft smooth washcloth in warm water w/ white vinegar (1 Tbs per pint) is often good to lessen itching safely. Sympathy and very short finger nails to avoid scratching may be all you can do. Ask about benadryl (diphenhydramine) and /or hydrocortisone ointment. Jergen's Ultra Healing lotion may help.
Answered on May 30, 2016

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