Dr. M.J. Bazos,
Impetigo is a very common and
mild skin infection. It is seen most frequently in children. It is caused by
common skin bacteria, usually staph (staphylococci) or strep (streptococci).
Impetigo is contagious and is frequently seen in brothers and sisters. It is
curable with medication applied to the skin or with medication taken by
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Impetigo usually starts as
small red bumps or blisters. These can become large, especially in children.
Drainage that appears honey crusted is common. If left untreated, impetigo can
continue for weeks. Rarely kidney inflammation occurs after impetigo, causing
blood or protein in the urine. (Seek medical attention if this
applied to the skin or taken by mouth are used to treat impetigo. You can expect
improvement in 5–10 days. Bactroban is an antibiotic ointment effective
against impetigo. Wash the affected area and gently scrub off crusting and loose
dead skin with a cloth. Dry off and apply a small amount of Bactroban. Do this
three times per day. If you are given an antibiotic by mouth, take the entire
prescription as directed by your
• Maintain good hygiene.
Bathe or shower at least once per day while infected with impetigo. Wash entire
body with an antibacterial soap.
Wash bedding, clothing, and towels
• Maintain good
children’s nails if scratching is a
medications are usually not
• Do not shave infected
areas or anywhere that is red and
• Don’t share
washcloths, towels, or beds while infected with
• Don’t break the
blisters, and avoid scratching.
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• If not
better in 7–10 days.
temperature of 101°F occurs in spite of
• If other family members
• If urine is
discolored or there is blood in the urine.