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How Do You Catch Impetigo
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
A skin infection: Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection of infants and babies. It causes blisters or sores on the face, mostly around the mouth and the nose. These sores break and ooze, forming a yellowish crust over the infected area. Although it usually goes away on its own, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to avoid complications. ...Read more
Impetigo: Impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items. After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin. ...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 more
An abrasion or cut: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection. Your skin is covered with billions of bacteria all the time. It acts as a barrier to keep those bacteria out of your body. If you have an area of irritation or abrasion or cut which damages that barrier, the bacteria can cause a localized infection. If caught early, a topical antibiotic ointment may help. Otherwise oral medications may be needed. ...Read more
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 more
Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus.
If the infection is mild then medications like mupurocin in ointment form should be enough. If it is severe then oral antibiotics will be needed. Make sure to complete the ab course
Education is important
- Hand washing
- wash lenin and toes in hot water
-cover infected parts
-use disposable tissue paper to blow nose ...Read more
Impetigo: Impetigo typically isn't dangerous, but complications can sometimes occur. For example, scarring, cellulitis- this potentially serious infection affects the tissues underlying your skin and eventually may spread to your lymph nodes and into the bloodstream. Left untreated, cellulitis can quickly become life-threatening, also one of the types of bacteria that cause impetigo can damage your kidneys. ...Read more
Skin infection: Impetigo is a term used to describe a superficial skin infection that causes painful redness, occasionally blisters and hallmark has " honey-crusted" lesions. It is highly contagious through skin contact and is usually caused by staph aureus and occasionally streptococcus. It is treated with antibiotics - usually oral and topical along with keeping lesions clean with soap and water. ...Read more
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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