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How serious is impetigo?

How serious is impetigo?

Can be : If let alone it can cause heart or kidney problems as it represents a staph infection , an infection that you do not want to ignore ! ...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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Bullous impetigo diagnosed for 4 month old baby. How serious is this?

Bullous impetigo diagnosed for 4 month old baby. How serious is this?

Generally not: Bulbous impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It is usually treated with antibiotics by mouth or topical cream if there are just a few lesions. If the baby starts a fever, becomes very irritable or the lesions become large and widespread, he needs immediate medical attention. ...Read more

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Dark urine, fatigue, sores from impetigo, pain n side on and off, memory loss- I have hep c so do these symptoms mean its getting severe?

Dark urine, fatigue, sores from impetigo, pain n side on and off, memory loss- I have hep c so do these symptoms mean its getting severe?

Unsure: See your doctor and get checked for your hepatitis c. Some symptoms can be from the amount of liver damage (scarring), although you are young for this. Other problems associated with hcv include fatigue, memory loss, and not feeling well, and can occur even if there is no clear liver damage. Discuss your management plan, including when you should be treated for hcv infection. ...Read more

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What is impetigo?

What is impetigo?

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

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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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How does impetigo start on your skin?

How does impetigo start on your skin?

Gettin under ur skin: Impetigo can occur when a germ, usually a strep or staph species, gets into the skin--often through a small scratch or wound. The germ can be in nasal passages or on your skin, esp hands and fingers. There are antibiotic ointments that can help it clear; sometimes oral antibiotics are necessary if it is widespread. Washing hands and using hand gels can keep it away! may need to see your dr for rx. ...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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What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

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

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