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Is impetigo and MRSA the same thing?

Is impetigo and MRSA the same thing?

Not necessarily.: Impetigo can be caused by either staph (or antibiotic resistant staph called mrsa) or strep. In order to make sure that MRSA is not a cause of the infection, bacterial cultures may need to be done. Mrsa can cause severe infection because most antibiotics do not work. Overuse of antibiotics is a prime cause of antibiotic resistance. So be careful, not all infections require antibiotic treatment. ...Read more

Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more


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Please help! I have recurrent adult impetigo, what are the chances of having mrsa? What doctor should I go see?

Please help! I have recurrent adult impetigo, what are the chances of having mrsa? What doctor should I go see?

See a dermatologist: Mrsa is a possibility but not necessarily a definitive occurrence in anyone who has breaks in the skin. The skin and mucous membranes are our primary barrier against infection and impetigo compromises this barrier. A dermatologist will help you deal with this. Good luck. ...Read more

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I went to the doctor today and was given a vague diagnosisof impetigo or MRSA on buttock. Is kissing safe?

I went to the doctor today and was given a vague diagnosisof impetigo or MRSA on buttock. Is kissing safe?

Tell people to avoid: Do not invite anyone to "kiss my buttock" unless you are truly angry & prepared to make an enemy for life. Nothing vague about impetigo. Frequently impetigo is due to MRSA bacteria. ...Read more

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Told I had MRSA or impetigo on my buttocks. Is it normal to feeling a lump in behind not at site and feel swollen in gland in pubic bone?

Told I had MRSA or impetigo on my buttocks. Is it normal to feeling a lump in behind not at site and feel swollen in gland in pubic bone?

Fighting Infections: Yes. This is exactly what happens when you have a significant infection. The glands of your lymph system swell to eat up the toxins and bacteria in the infection. This all sounds very normal. ...Read more

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What is the differnece beteen impertigo sores and MRSA sores?

Appearnace: Impetigo strep or staph- usually honey combed, crusted, tender
mrsa may be dark in color, may be pustular to start, secondary cellulitis/ redness, no honey combing noted. ...Read more

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Is there such thing as impetigo of the scalp?

Is there such thing as impetigo of the scalp?

Impetigo: Impetigo is a skin infection usually caused by a bacteria and yes it can involve the scalp or any other area of the body. ...Read more

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Is impetigo and staph infection the same thing?

Is impetigo and staph infection the same thing?

Wording confusion: Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin caused by one of several germs, one if which is staph. Staph can be present in infections of the skin, blood, lungs, urine etc. The two words are not interchangeable. ...Read more

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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

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What is the medical name for impetigo?

What is the medical name for impetigo?

That's it: That is the medical name. It's mostly caused by Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus. Impetigo is classified as either nonbullous (impetigo contagiosa) or bullous ...Read more

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What are possible complications of impetigo?

Usually none: Impetigo usually resolves completely with proper treatment. Without treatment, it can spread to other parts of the body. Scarring of the skin is uncommon, but can happen. When strep is the cause of the infection, a very rare kidney problem can develop. Taking antibiotics for the infection can help prevent these complications. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: impetigo?

Impetigo: Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection often caused by strep. The same bacteria that causes strep throat.
Impetigo has a yellow crusty appearance of the blisters or excoriations. ...Read more

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What to do if I had impetigo and I don't know what to do?

Antibiotics: If you have impetigo, you need antibiotics. Depending on the location & severity, antibiotic treatment may either be topical ointment or oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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What are the chances that I could get impetigo from my sister?

Impetigo: Impetigo is very contagious. But it is more likely that your sister can spread it to other parts of her skin than to spread it to you. ...Read more

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Is impetigo curable?

Is impetigo curable?

Yes: Impetigo is caused by a bacterial infection. Usually easily treated with proper medication and time. See your PCP to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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Is impetigo contagious?

Is impetigo contagious?

Yes: Yes, impetigo is contagious and spreads by direct contact. The bacteria that is causing the infection may spread to others by direct skin to skin spread. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for impetigo?

Is there a cure for impetigo?

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 more

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Does impetigo cause scarring?

Does impetigo cause scarring?

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 more