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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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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


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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?

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

Contagious (Definition)

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