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How do you contract impetigo and treatment?

How do you contract impetigo and treatment?

Bacteria: Caused by a bacteria that can be transferred to your skin and get in through skin cracks to cause superficial infection. Usually readily responds to antibiotics. Soap and water and cleanliness are the environmental concerns. ...Read more

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Dr. John Leander Po
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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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What are rigor fits? And what treatment would you give for impetigo

Chills: Rigors are chills; rigor fits would be the episodes of chills and muscle shivering. Impetigo is treated with topical antibiotics, such as Mupirocin (bactroban), or oral antibiotics if it is severe. ...Read more

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I've been on oral antibiotics for impetigo for 5 days but I keep getting new sores. They're tiny and pop quickly, is this normal during the treatment?

I've been on oral antibiotics for impetigo for 5 days but I keep getting new sores. They're tiny and pop quickly, is this normal during the treatment?

Bacterial culture: usually, impetigo is caused by either staph or strept bacterial infection. You did not mention which antibiotic you are using. I suggest finishing your current Rx ( 10 days) and ask your PCP for antibiotic skin ointment. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for impetigo?

What is the treatment for impetigo?

Antibiotics: A young baby with impetigo may need to be hospitalized for I.V. Antibiotics. The antibiotics kill the bacteria causing the impetigo skin infection. Babies older than 2-3 months may use a combination of oral antibiotics and antibiotic creams to treat their impetigo, but even older babies may need I.V. Antibiotics if an infection is widespread or worrisome in any way. ...Read more

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My mom is being treated for impetigo at her NH. The dermatologist wants her areas to be wrapped up. How do I know if treatment is working. ?

My mom is being treated for impetigo at her NH. The dermatologist wants her areas to be wrapped up. How do I know if treatment is working.
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Take a peek: You can always look under the bandages and check for worsening pus or expanding redness. The wraps are possibly to prevent further infection from the environment and spread of the infection locally. Good luck. ...Read more

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I've been applying a prescribed antibiotic ointment to my diagnosed impetigo for 5 days. How do I know the impetigo is healing? I don't think it is.

I've been applying a prescribed antibiotic ointment to my diagnosed impetigo for 5 days. How do I know the impetigo is healing? I don't think it is.

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. ...Read more

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Will using an antifungal if you have impetigo worsen it if you also taking your antibiotics ?

No it won't: Antifungal medicines work against certain fungi - like Candida if you have a yeast infection. Impetigo is caused by bacteria - either Staph or sometimes Strep. So there shouldn't be any major problems taking both medicines. Hopefully you can overcome these infections soon. Check with the doctor for any concerns about side effects or failure to respond. ...Read more

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Do antibiotics help fight impetigo?

Do antibiotics help fight impetigo?

Yes: Impetigo is a skin infection caused by staph or strep. This infection is quite common in children. Mild cases can be treated with topical antibiotic creams but more severe cases may require oral antibiotics. Impetigo is contagious, particularly if you touch the fluid that oozes from the sores. Make sure you practice good hand washing if you come in contact. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection often caused by strep. The same bacteria that causes strep throat. Impetigo has a yellow crusty appearance of ...Read more