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Doctor insights on: Impetigo Permanent Marks On Skin

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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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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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What does skin look like when impetigo is healing?

Impetigo healing: You can usually tell that impetigo is responding to treatment by the following observations: decreased size of sore, resolution of crusting, lessening of redness, sores healing over and appearing more dry and gradual return of normal skin coloration. ...Read more

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Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Should the crusty areas of impetigo infected skin be removed?

Yes: Do not pick off, clean gently with soap and warm water, or use warm compresses to sooth area, then apply topical bacterial cream/ointment and take oral antibiotic. ...Read more

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What is the best skin care routine while impetigo is healing?

What is the best skin care routine while impetigo is healing?

Hygienic strategies.: Wash the area with water and mild soap, or normal saline. Wear gloves when touching the wound, or applying antibiotic. Wash the affected clothes in touch with the wound. Do not share same towels. Keep the children off from that for any accidental touch. Cut the nails no matter if adult or child, that is a source of spread. The key is to wash hands frequently. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is impetigo and intertrigo the same skin disease?

Can you let me know is impetigo and intertrigo the same skin disease?

No: Impetigo implies an infection of an superficial skin surface, most often in children and from strep or staph germs. Intertrigo refers to a chafing and redness of two surfaces that are physically located next to each other.The irritation of intertrigo can also become infected, but the terms refer to different issues. ...Read more

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Impetigo or intertrigo. I was wondering if they are the same skin disease?

Impetigo or intertrigo. I was wondering if they are the same skin disease?

No: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection caused by strep or staph germs. Intertrigo is a superficial inflammatory dermatitis caused by friction, heat, and moisture and involves area of skin apposition, e.g., neck skin folds. ...Read more

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My impetigo sores have turned to actual dark red scabs after application of Mupirocen for 4 days. Does this mean it is healing and new skin is forming?

My impetigo sores have turned to actual dark red scabs after application of Mupirocen for 4 days. Does this mean it is healing and new skin is forming?

Impetigo healing: You can usually tell that impetigo is responding to treatment by the following observations: decreased size of sore, resolution of crusting, lessening of redness, sores healing over and appearing more dry and gradual return of normal skin coloration. ...Read more

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Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Does impetigo and other bacterial skin infections always crust?

Crust: Wound infections with strep are more likely to crust. It is often described as having a honey comb appearance. Staph blisters and then drains. Other organisms cause abscesses. So no, not always. All the best. ...Read more