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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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One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more


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Is impetigo contagious?

Is impetigo contagious?

Yes: Yes, impetigo is contagious and spreads by direct contact. The bacteria that is causing the infection may spread to others by direct skin to skin spread. ...Read more

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How much time is impetigo contagious?

How much time is impetigo contagious?

1 - 2 days: 24 - 48 hours after starting antibiotics usually ...Read more

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What does the early stage of impetigo contagious look like? I have a small pinkish red spot that was itchy but not weepy or fluid filled.

Impetigo: Impetigo is an infected skin sore, from whatever cause. It can start with and insect bite, scratch, or any break in the skin. Bacteria get in and cause the skin infection. It will become weepy and develop yellow crusts. An abscess can cause a hard or fluid filled swelling in the skin with redness around it. For any of these, see your doctor. ...Read more

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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 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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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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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

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Baby has herpangina or possible impetigo what can I do and Is it a life long virus?

Confusing statement: Herpangina is in the mouth, impetigo is on the skin. It is one or the other by location. Herpangina is caused by a transient virus which disappears after the infection is over. Impetigo is caused by bacteria that can be killed off, but could come back with a new exposure. ...Read more

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How long does impetigo last. I've done 2 rounds of clindamyicin and topical bactroban (mupirocin) and it seems to be coming back. I am the only one with it.?

How long does impetigo last. I've done 2 rounds of clindamyicin and topical bactroban (mupirocin) and it seems to be coming back. I am the only one with it.?

Impetigo treatment: Try taking baths with warm soapy water. Add 3-4 tablespoons of bleach to water as a disinfectant. Also apply bactrioban to your nostrils several times during day. Keep your towel separate. ...Read more

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Impetigo? If and infant 4 months of age gets hot quickly and is sweating can impetigo come on faster. He was swaddled had a bib on and long sleeves.

Impetigo? If and infant 4 months of age gets hot quickly and is sweating can impetigo come on faster. He was swaddled had a bib on and long sleeves.

Unlikely: Sweating is a natural body function and has no direct effect on whether an infant would acquire such an infection. A baby of this age should not be swaddled to begin with, for sleep or otherwise. Babies can strangle themselves in such a set up. ...Read more

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My bf is currently suffering from Impetigo rash. Saw the doctor yesterday and got oral medication. No cream. Roughly, how long can impetigo goes away?

My bf is currently suffering from Impetigo rash. Saw the doctor yesterday and got oral medication. No cream. Roughly, how long can impetigo goes away?

Antibiotics work fas: A good antibiotic should show benefit within 24 to 48 hours. If there is no improvement in 72 hours, a new/better antibiotic is necessary. Send us the name of the antibiotic that you are taking right now? ...Read more

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How does impetigo spread?

Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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How can you get impetigo?

Bacteria: This is caused bya bacterial infection caused by staph or strep. You can get itfrom someone else of you have a cut in your skin. ...Read more

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How do you catch impetigo?

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

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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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Can impetigo last for weeks?

Yes,: If inappropriately treated, or not treated at all! ...Read more

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Is impetigo a painful disease?

Is impetigo a painful disease?

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

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Are the symptoms of impetigo bad?

Generally No: Infected skin rash that can itch, burn or be sore. Usually some sort of antibacterial is needed, since the infection is often caused by staphylococcus or strep bacteria.Annoying but usually not horrible. ...Read more

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What is the medical name for impetigo?

What is the medical name for impetigo?

That's it: That is the medical name. It's mostly caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus. Impetigo is classified as either nonbullous (impetigo contagiosa) or bullous ...Read more

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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more