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Doctor insights on: How To Tell What Is Impetigo

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Please tell me, could a cat give you impetigo?

Please tell me, could a cat give you impetigo?

Unlikely: Impetigo is caused by the germs on your own skin, usually staph or strep. The skin is normally a protective barrier, but if there is a small cut or scratch, these skin germs can enter and start the infection. So, don't blame the cat. :). ...Read more

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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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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Please tell me the symptoms of impetigo and how I can prevent it?

Please tell me the symptoms of impetigo and how I can prevent it?

Rash: Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. If causes a rash that itches or hurts, oozes, and becomes covered by a honey colored crust. It's contagious, so as with many contagious illnesses, good hand washing and hygiene is key in prevention. ...Read more

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Is the only way to tell the difference between herpes and impetigo with a culture?

Herpes simplex: Differentiating this from impetigo should be fairly easy by observation by an experienced clinician. Show this to your doctor. Impetigo is caused by streptococcus pyogenes and staphylococcus aureus and should be treated appropriately. ...Read more

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How to tell if I have impetigo or herpes gladiatorum?

How to tell if I have impetigo or herpes gladiatorum?

Rash: Herpes is usually blustery in nature while impetigo may be red, swollen and may be crusted. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how could i cover a gauze bandage or cotton on impetigo on my nose?

Can you tell me how could i cover a gauze bandage or cotton on impetigo on my nose?

Impetigo : You can use round small bandaids. Try to keep exposed to air while at home to dry up . Good luck ...Read more

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Is it possible to get impetigo on your buttocks from a cut ? I can't tell if the cuts are just infected or irritated from the rubbing of clothing.

Yes: Minor cuts can often become infected with staph and become crusted on the surface. This yellow golden crusted area is known as impetigo. Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is a prescription that is highly effective at treating this even if the staph aureus involved is mrsa. If you have recurrent lesions, treating the inner nostrils with the ointment for 1 week each month may prevent outbreaks. ...Read more

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I have been struggling for a few years with a staph infection on my face. I have had doctors tell me its staph, impetigo, and just acne. I have been o?

I have been struggling for a few years with a staph infection on my face. I have had doctors tell me its staph, impetigo, and just acne. I have been o?

Get another opinion.: I suggest you find a doctor who can find the correct diagnosis. Seek a consultation with an internist, dermatologist and plastic surgeon. Be certain to tell them every medication you are taking. Ask them to run any needed tests to find the definitive diagnosis. Don't give up and get discouraged. ...Read more