You might experience a few of the following signs:
- Blister-covered bump surrounded by a rash
- Upon drying, a yellow discharge transforms into a golden or honey-colored crust.
- can impact the legs, arms, or face.
Impetigo is a common skin infection caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. It presents as red sores that burst and form a honey-colored crust.
Treatment options for impetigo include:
- Antibiotics: These are usually prescribed by a Mister Pharmacist first (cream) . Common oral antibiotics used to treat impetigo include penicillin, erythromycin, and cloxacillin may be needed if the topical treatment do not work. Please seek a doctor appointment
- Topical creams: These can help to reduce itching and inflammation. Over-the-counter options include mupirocin ointment.
- Keeping the affected area clean: Clean the area with soap and water and cover with a dry, sterile bandage to prevent spreading.
It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics even if symptoms improve before the medication is finished, to prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant. It's also important to avoid scratching the affected area as it can cause further irritation and increase the risk of infection.
To prevent the spread of impetigo, it is important to keep the affected area clean and covered with a dry, sterile bandage and to wash your hands frequently. Avoid sharing personal items such as towels or washcloths with others. If the infection spreads or doesn't improve with treatment, it's important to see a healthcare professional.