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Nasal Impetigo In Adults
I've had mild impetigo on my nose for about 4 months now. It's not uncomfortable, but it looks bad. How do I treat it?
Impetigo: You can use round small bandaids. Try to keep exposed to air while at home to dry up. Good luck ...Read more
Impetigo: Just apply a small bandaid on it it would look less conspicuous ...Read more
I have impetigo&have taken kelflex &bactroban (mupirocin) for 10 days. The bactroban (mupirocin) is making the sores& inside nose bright red & swollen. What do I do?
Stop the bactroban (mupirocin): You can be sensitive/allergic to the bactroban (mupirocin) & should stop it immediately. Call your dr so the information can be reviewed & get into your medical record. If your dr wants to continue an ointment for the sores there are others out there that can be used. ...Read more
I've been treated for impetigo in the nose twice, it's back again. I developed sinus allergy type symptoms since the first infection. What's the cure?
Nasal hygiene!: You have to treat it more aggressively with antibiotics by mouth and intranasal antibiotic cream! Staph impetigo tend to colonize the nasal cavity and emerge after antibiotics is completed! Twice a day bactroban intranasal x 5 days repeated for 6 months tend to decrease nasal colonization! Regards! ...Read more
Is there a way to differentiate between a cold sore or impetigo inside nose? Get occasional cold sores on outer edge of nostril. Dangerous to brain?
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
Will my adult impetigo scar less if I don't scrub it and remove the scabs as directed? How much would this slow the healing process?
Yes it will scar: Less and no healing will not be greatly impaired ...Read more
Impetigo: Impetigo typically isn't dangerous, but complications can sometimes occur. For example, scarring, cellulitis- this potentially serious infection affects the tissues underlying your skin and eventually may spread to your lymph nodes and into the bloodstream. Left untreated, cellulitis can quickly become life-threatening, also one of the types of bacteria that cause impetigo can damage your kidneys. ...Read more
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