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How To Prevent Impetigo
Yes: Impetigo is usually caused by staph bacteria. Frequent hand washing can decrease the amount of potentially dangerous staph bacteria on the skin surface and reduce the rate of developing impetigo. Completely avoiding exposure to staph bacteria is almost impossible. However, basic sanitation has been shown to reduce the risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Will antibiotics prevent impetigo? I’m on antibiotics for acne. Will this also prevent impetigo?
I have impetigo and wonder if i need the topical antibiotics in order to prevent scaring.I have oral and topical prescriptions but its$lots for topica?
Oral antibiotic only: Oral antibiotics should suffice.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Impetigo: Antibiotics which can be helpful include penicillin derivatives (such as augmentin) and cephalosporins such as Cephalexin (keflex). If clinical suspicion supported by culture results show other bacteria, such as drug-resistant staph (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus or mrsa), other antibiotics such as Clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or septra) may be used. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Generally not: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection, when healed you are left with a mild redness for a couple of weeks. Unless the infection is deep, such as carbuncles or inflamed cysts, scar generally does not result. Impetigo, by definition, is superficial, thus does not generally leave scars. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers