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What is impetigo?
Impetigo (pronounced im-puh-TIE-go) is a common infection of the surface of the skin. Impetigo is usually caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus ("staph") or Streptococcus ("strep"). Because this condition is more common in children, some people mistakenly call it "infantigo."
Is impetigo contagious?
Yes, it is highly contagious. Children in close physical contact with each other tend to spread the condition although adult skin is more resistant. Trauma to the skin, such as a cut or scrape, seems to play a role in allowing bacteria that have been living harmlessly on the skin to establish a foothold and cause infection. Clothing and towels seem to be less important factors in causing the spread of this condition.
What does impetigo look like?
Impetigo has two general forms: ordinary impetigo and bullous impetigo.
Ordinary impetigo is scabby and pustular (little pimples full of pus) in appearance and is generally caused by strep germs. It starts as a small blister or pustule that ruptures and leaves a reddish base which is then covered by a honey-colored crust. In children, this condition often begins on the skin near the nose, though it may spread. Ordinary impetigo is also known as impetigo vulgaris and streptococcal impetigo.
Bullous impetigo produces large, fragile blisters and is caused mostly by staph germs. It also often affects the face, but may appear elsewhere. The blisters it forms have very thin walls that collapse, leaving a bright red, inflamed, moist base. Bullous impetigo is also known as impetigo bullosa and staphylococcal impetigo.
How is impetigo diagnosed?
It is important to remember that not every oozing, crusty rash is necessarily infected. Especially in adults, this crusty rash may represent nothing more than the habit of picking at an otherwise innocuous pimple or bump.
How is impetigo treated?
Oral antibiotics that are given for 7 to 10 days will generally clear up impetigo. These antibiotics include derivatives of penicillin, erythromycin, and cephalexin.
A prescription strength topical antibiotic, such as mupirocin (Bactroban), is also very safe and effective. Its use often makes oral treatment unnecessary.
Over-the-counter topical antibiotics like bacitracin or Neosporin (which contains bacitracin) do not seem to be much more effective than applying petroleum jelly or nothing at all. When they do seem to work, it is often because the condition was not infected to begin with.
Regardless of how ugly impetigo may look, it only affects the top layer of the skin and therefore it does not leave permanent scars.
Ewww - I have no pustules or blisters (bring out your dead), just a lumpy, itchy rash. I think it's some kind of non-specific infection. Thank you all for your concern - from Mrs Pizza Face.
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Has it gone yet? If it was an allergic reaction antihisthamines should have killed it by now.
Speaking of antihisthamines, I get hayfever and have tried pretty much everything out there. Clarityn didn't touch my symptoms at all, and Zirtec made everything in my nose and sinuses set solid - I'd have been as well sticking one up each nostril rather than swallowing them. I like Telfast (fexofenadine) best, but not all GPs in the UK will prescribe it as it is expensive.
A big boy did it and ran away.
It could also be folliculitis. If I get an outbreak, it starts out as itchy lumps. If the antihistamines don't calm your hives, get to a dr for antibiotics.
You know you're too damn old when drugs are antihistamines and antibiotics.
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Are you having any sort of stomach upset or digestive problems? Nausea? Are you allergic to pollen or dust? It may be a contact irritation other than an internal upset. Perhaps the best thing to do is have an allergy test if it is by contact or even something you have eaten. Also bloodtests can show up any hormonal imbalance or vitamin & mineral deficency.
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