Information about impetigo
What is impetigo?
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by various bacteria that occurs on the face, around the mouth and nose. It creates pimples which contain a yellowish fluid, burst and develop a crust resembling pieces of yellow wax or honey. Impetigo is one of the most common and highly contagious skin infections in children.
How impetigo spreads
Impetigo is a highly contagious infection which is spread by personal contact – when someone touches the impetigo blisters-, by contaminated objects used by an infected person, or by contaminated hands.
Causes of impetigo
Impetigo is often caused by streptococcus and staphylococcus. These bacteria enter the body through scratches, cuts or skin infections like eczema.
The symptoms involve lesions and irritation around the mouth and nose. It may be accompanied by itching and pain in the affected area and if it is not diagnosed and treated early, it can spread to the rest of the body. The vesicles are rapidly converted into pustules and a yellow liquid oozes out. Then they develop a crust resembling pieces of yellow wax or honey.
The dermatologist can diagnose impetigo by a simple physical examination.
Depending on the diagnosis, the doctor prescribes a topical antibiotic cream or an oral antibiotic treatment (tablets / pills). It is recommend to soak, 2 -3 times a day, this area to help remove crusts. Affected areas can be soaked in soapy water, saline solution or specific products. The affected area should be kept clean and dry. In case of severe itching, antihistamines can be taken.
To help prevent impetigo from spreading to others, it is important to use antiseptic on skin lesions (cuts, scratches). It is also important to maintain good hygiene practices, to wash your hands thoroughly as well as not to share personal hygiene items or use the same sheets, etc.
The doctor to treat impetigo is the Dermatologist – Venereologist
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