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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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Had impetigo and used mupirocin2% three weeks ago. Left with redness and lower lip is itchy but no signs of blisters. Is it back?

Had impetigo and used mupirocin2% three weeks ago. Left with redness and lower lip is itchy but no signs of blisters. Is it back?

Maybe not: If the redness is a little less (improving) each day, it may be "post-inflammatory" redness that gradually goes away after the impetigo heals. If crusting or oozing returns, then the doctor can look to see if the infection has returned. Many people get blisters on a lip that are cold sores, instead of impetigo. Cold sores are caused by viruses (mupirocin doesn't work on those viruses). ...Read more

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Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? herpes? impetigo?

Tingle/crawling feeling on face, fluid filled pimples, redness, wake up itchy, pimples come in a group, sometimes lined up, scabies? herpes? impetigo?

Uncertain: This could be recurrent viral infection such as herpes or dyshydrotic eczema or infection of other type. Without knowing the rest of your health status this is best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

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My son's impetigo has gone dark red and not as crusty and raised. Is it healing?

My son's impetigo has gone dark red and not as crusty and raised. Is it healing?

Yes: If the crusting is better and it is not as raised it is likely improving. A dark red color however should not be present. Can you upload a photo? ...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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Will impetigo start out as little red pimples?

Will impetigo start out as little red pimples?

It can: Impetigo is skin bacterial infection caused by strep or staph bacteriait may start as a red pimple and quickly spread. ...Read more

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What does the early stage of impetigo contagious look like? I have a small pinkish red spot that was itchy but not weepy or fluid filled.

What does the early stage of impetigo contagious look like? I have a small pinkish red spot that was itchy but not weepy or fluid filled.

Impetigo: Impetigo is an infected skin sore, from whatever cause. It can start with and insect bite, scratch, or any break in the skin. Bacteria get in and cause the skin infection. It will become weepy and develop yellow crusts. An abscess can cause a hard or fluid filled swelling in the skin with redness around it. For any of these, see your doctor. ...Read more

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2 year old girl just diagnosed with impetigo now has "thousands" of red bumps all over. What is this? She spent time outside

2 year old girl just diagnosed with impetigo now has "thousands" of red bumps all over. What is this? She spent time outside

Was : Was she given antibiotics? If so this may be an allergic reaction. By the date of this post about a week has passed. Hopefully she has seen her doctor again. If it was a drug allergy please avoid the antibiotic in the future and alert all important parties in the child's life. Take care. ...Read more