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Can you recommend any home remedies to treat impetigo?

Can you recommend any home remedies to treat impetigo?

No: Impetigo is a contagious gram positive infection mostly due to staph aureus and/or groupa strep. It is usually very contagious and require prescription antibiotics to cure. Over the counter topical antibiotics often do not provide enough coverage against these bacteria. And, again, frequent hand washing and not sharing towels are essential to preventing further spread of the condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...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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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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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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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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Is there any home remedy to get rid of left-over impetigo marks from a child's body?

Urea: Urea cream will slowly peel away top layer of skin to lighten post inflammatory hyperpigmentation. 40 per cent is available by prescription but 20 per cent is over the counter. ...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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How can I treat my impetigo?

How can I treat my impetigo?

Impetigo: Impeitgo is a skin infection usually caused by strp and staph bacteria. It is contagious and if untreated, may cause significant complications. If you only have a few spots, the surer way of trreatment is mupirocin, prescribed by your doctor, to apply on the sores. More widespread lesions should be treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How long doesit take to treat impetigo?

How long doesit take to treat impetigo?

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 an oral antibiotic, often for 7 to 10 days. Impetigo can be contagious, so it is wise to keep the area covered if possible and wash hands well after touching the lesions. ...Read more

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If I don’t get impetigo treated, will it heal on its own?

May heal, not usual: It depends on the size, if it is very small and early stage, the way you clean and wash it and how you avoid spreading can affect the healing. It is very contagious and if you do not control that, it will spread fast and you need the treatment. Most of the times you need treatment but sometimes the nature of the body and immune system takes care of it. ...Read more

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Which antibiotics are generally used to treat impetigo?

Which antibiotics are generally used to treat impetigo?

Depends: Most impetigo are caused by staph, and responds to Mupirocin ointment. However, if unresponsive, your doctor will culture the area and prescribe the appropriate antibiotic. ...Read more

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Based on what I've researched it looks like I have Impetigo. Is there anything over-the-counter that I can treat it with?

Maybe: Impetigo is a skin infection usually caused by staph or strep organisms. If your skin infection is very small and very superficial you may be able to keep area clean and use an antibacterial soap and topical antibiotic ointment like bacitracin or polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) if you are not allergic to these. For larger infection, you should see a doctor and be RX'ed with oral antibiotics. Contagious potential. ...Read more

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My daughter has impetigo which has shown no improvement over past 1.5 months of antibiotics. How else can this be treated?

Review Dx: Any time treatment has failed you must review the diagnosis and make sure it is not a look alike disease. Impetigo is also a problem that can recur if the predisposing conditions do not change.Treatment can be worked out when you sort through the issues. ...Read more

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If i treat impetigo with bactroban (mupirocin) without seeing a doctor, will it be able to get better?

Possibly: School sores (or impetigo) are a bacterial skin infection caused by the bacteria staph aureus found everywhere. The treatment usually is ten days of antibiotics by mouth. The best antibiotic for school sores is flucloxacillin a form of penicillin. The sores also need to be covered to stop them spreading. Cleansing the skin with antiseptic and putting antibiotic cream in the nose may also be needed ...Read more

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Will impetigo cream treat acne scars?

Will impetigo cream treat acne scars?

Not acne scars: I'm sorry your disease led to scarring. This can be prevented with modern Rx. The scars can be managed by a plastic surgeon or dermatologist with a laser, filler, or microsurgery. ...Read more