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Handling Impetigo Condition
Yes: The infected areas are swollen and usually open/ blistered - and that swelling/ infection irritates the pain nerve receptors... The pain is usually best treated by #1 - treat the infection - topical / oral antibiotics, warm wet clean compresses can soothe, and tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What are the visual signs that shows that my Impetigo condition is healing? It a been 3 days since I had it.
Impetigo: It should be looking better: Less red, good scab formation. No drainage and less pain. ...Read more
No: Impetigo implies an infection of an superficial skin surface, most often in children and from strep or staph germs. Intertrigo refers to a chafing and redness of two surfaces that are physically located next to each other.The irritation of intertrigo can also become infected, but the terms refer to different issues. ...Read more
After applying Mupirocin for my Impetigo condition, scabs form up at the sides of the wound. Should I pick this scab?
No! Scabs are body: created bandages. While rarely covering over/trapping infection; far more commonly walls out bacteria which damage. Soap & water + very gently cleaning scab area probably OK. Soap dissolves bacterial membranes; bactericidal. But picking breaks the scab/temporary skin repair & allows more bacteria in past the protective barrier. Skin: dry shedding cells, is a major component of the immune system. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long after application of Mupirocin and oral antibiotics would my Impetigo condition disappear?
3-5 days: 3-5 days in a immunocompetant person.Get a more detailed answer ›
Germs get into skin: Impetigo appears after germs get access to the deeper layers of the skin surface. Often a kid with contaminated fingers will scratch a bite or itchy place & open the deeper skin layers where the germs can live off the moisture & serum oozing into the scratch. The germs often produce chemicals that get into the skin & spread redness & germ growth.Some germs are more likely than others to cause it. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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