Can impetigo be prevented?

Yes. Impetigo is usually caused by staph bacteria. Frequent hand washing can decrease the amount of potentially dangerous staph bacteria on the skin surface and reduce the rate of developing impetigo. Completely avoiding exposure to staph bacteria is almost impossible. However, basic sanitation has been shown to reduce the risk.

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How can I prevent my child from getting impetigo?

Keep them clean! :) Daily bathing and hygiene. Clean open abrasions and cuts with water and soap as soon as possible and watch for any worsening of an older abrasion or wound. Read more...

Please tell me the symptoms of impetigo and how I can prevent it?

Rash. Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. If causes a rash that itches or hurts, oozes, and becomes covered by a honey colored crust. It's contagious, so as with many contagious illnesses, good hand washing and hygiene is key in prevention. Read more...

Will antibiotics prevent impetigo? I? M on antibiotics for acne. Will this also prevent impetigo? .

Possibly. Some antibiotics taken for acne like the tetracyclines or Clindamycin may be protective against impetigo but they may be taken in low dose that would be less effective in this regard. Read more...