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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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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more


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Can someone tell me how long will it take for my impetigo to heal/look better?

Can someone tell me how long will it take for my impetigo to heal/look better?

Impetigo: Impetigo should improve within 5-7 days of starting the antibiotic. If the rash is widespread, you may need to use an oral antibiotic in addition to a topical antibiotic. If not improving, you should seek medical attention. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for impetigo symptoms to show up in infants less than 6 months old?

How long is it supposed to it take for impetigo symptoms to show up in infants less than 6 months old?

Rashes: Impetigo is a common skin infection in infants and children. There is no standard incubation period. It most commonly occurs in an area of skin irritation such as an injury, scratch, eczema, or around the nares. Using an antibiotic ointment/cream early on irritated areas may prevent it. First signs are redness then development of a yellowish crust when oral antibiotics are needed. ...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 does impetigo generally last?

How long does impetigo generally last?

Several weeks: Untreated it could last several weeks or months. With treatment it will resolve in about a week with either bactroban or Altabax (retapamulin) or oral antibiotic if necessary. ...Read more

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How many days does it take to resolve impetigo?

7 days: It should be cleared up in 7 days of treatment. ...Read more

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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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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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How long is impetigo contagious for?

How long is impetigo contagious for?

Impetigo: On the correct antibiotics it should heal quite promptly. Once it heals, it's not contagious. As long as the blisters are there though, I would consider contagious. ...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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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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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 was diagnosed with bollous impetigo. How long can it survive on inanimate objects such as towels, clothes, or soap. I don't want to spread it.

Wash and clean: Staph can last for days on surfaces. Wash potentially contaminated clothing and towels and this usually clears the issue from these items. Clean surfaces with lysol disinfectant. ...Read more