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I'm 12 weeks pregnant and have impetigo herpetiformis. I have also been diagnosed with hypothroidism for years.Could it be hypoparathyroidsim inistead?

I'm 12 weeks pregnant and have impetigo herpetiformis. I have also been diagnosed with hypothroidism for years.Could it be hypoparathyroidsim inistead?

Unlikely: Despite the similar names, hypothyroidism and hypoparathyroidism are entirely separate entities. Patients with hypothyroidism experience a slowing of metabolism, while patients with the latter develop low calcium levels and possible "pins and needles" sensations around the lips and in the fingers and toes. It is straightforward for a doctor to distinguish between the two based on labs and symptoms. ...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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12 weeks pregnant. Diagnosed with hypothyroidis yrs. Ago. Now have impetigo herpetiformis during pregnancy. Could really have hypoparathyroidism?

12 weeks pregnant. Diagnosed with hypothyroidis yrs. Ago. Now have impetigo herpetiformis during pregnancy. Could really have hypoparathyroidism?

Psoriasis/pregnancy: Impetigo herpetiformis is the name for pustular psoriasis that occurs during pregnancy. It's not known why this rash occurs. There is one report of association with hyperparathyroidism. Most of the time this association is not there, however it should be tested for. Impetigo herpetiformis does need treatment to keep mom and baby safe. Please see your dermatologist. ...Read more

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How does impetigo spread?

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