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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. 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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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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What do you suggest if my child has impetigo which has shown no improvement over past 1.5 months of antibiotics..help!?

What do you suggest if my child has impetigo which has shown no improvement over past 1.5 months of antibiotics..help!?

Re-evaluate: Treatment failure should prompt re-evaluation. Perhaps the original diagnosis was not completely accurate, or the medication regimen was not appropriate, or taken as directed. ...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?

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

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

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