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Best Way To Treat Impetigo
Antibiotics: 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 neededSee 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 3 more doctor answers
Hygienic strategies.: Wash the area with water and mild soap, or normal saline. Wear gloves when touching the wound, or applying antibiotic. Wash the affected clothes in touch with the wound. Do not share same towels. Keep the children off from that for any accidental touch. Cut the nails no matter if adult or child, that is a source of spread. The key is to wash hands frequently.See 1 more doctor answer
Usually works best: When used in conjunction with oral antibiotics.
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.
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 neededSee 1 more doctor answer
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.?
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.
Does impetigo leave scars? My daughter is being treated for bullous impetigo on her arms. Will it leave scars? .
I've been treated for impetigo in the nose twice, it's back again. I developed sinus allergy type symptoms since the first infection. What's the cure?
Nasal hygiene!: You have to treat it more aggressively with antibiotics by mouth and intranasal antibiotic cream! Staph impetigo tend to colonize the nasal cavity and emerge after antibiotics is completed! Twice a day bactroban intranasal x 5 days repeated for 6 months tend to decrease nasal colonization! Regards!
Minor impetigo by lips, treating with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Now a bit in outside corner of eye, how to treat? Out of my home country &prefer no prescription. :)
Bactroban (mupirocin: This is a topical ointment. You need a prescription in the US, maybe not in other countries.