Impetigo is a commonly transmitted skin infection. Bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes infect the epidermis, or outer layers of the skin. The face, arms, and legs are the most commonly affected areas.
Impetigo can affect anyone, although it is more frequent in children, particularly those aged 2 to 5.
Minor cuts, bug bites, or a rash like eczema — any spot where the skin is damaged — are common entry points for the infection. It can, however, arise on healthy skin.
Cure and Medications
- Impetigo can be treated with antibiotics. The antibiotic you receive is determined by how extensive or serious the lesions are.
- Topical antibiotics are the ideal treatment if you have impetigo in a limited area of your skin. Mupirocin cream or ointment (Bactroban or Centany) and retapamulin ointment are two options (Altabax).
- If impetigo is severe or extensive, doctor may advise to take oral antibiotics such as amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin), specific cephalosporins and clindamycin (Cleocin).
- These medications may work faster than topical antibiotics, but they are not necessarily more effective at clearing the illness.
- Oral antibiotics can potentially produce greater side effects than topical antibiotics, such as nausea.
- Impetigo typically cures in 7–10 days with treatment. Patients suffering from an underlying infection or skin disorder, it may take longer for the infection to heal.
Reddish sores, often around the nose and mouth,Honey-colored crust,Sores can spread to other areas of the body through touch, clothing and towels,Mild itching and soreness
Contagious skin infection,Bullous impetigo,Ecthyma
Amoxicillin/clavulanate (Augmentin),Specific cephalosporins,Clindamycin (Cleocin)