What is impetigo?
Impetigo is a very contagious bacterial skin infection usually affecting children and infants although it can affect adults. Caused by Staphylococcus aureus, it manifests itself in the form of red sores around the nose and mouth but can spread to other parts of the face usually by rubbing the sores then touching another part of the skin. The sores start out red then begin to ooze and crust over with a light golden crust. Treatment is necessary to shorten the course of the condition and minimize the risk of it spreading to others. It is also necessary to clean everything with which the child or infant comes in contact to prevent this condition from spreading.
How do I know if I have impetigo?
Once exposed to impetigo, the incubation period for this condition is about one to three days before the sores appear. Once they appear, the sores are red then turn to honey-colored sores that ooze then scab over. It is necessary to see a dermatologist to make a definite diagnosis as well as receive treatment.
How is impetigo treated?
Because impetigo is a bacterial infection, it is necessary to treat it with oral antibiotics, as well as topical antibiotic creams. Impetigo can be cured within a week or two if the treatment regimen is strictly followed.
How can I prevent impetigo?
There is no way to prevent contracting it, but it can be prevented from spreading. Once impetigo is diagnosed, it is imperative to follow a strict hygiene regimen to prevent spreading. Because it is most often prevalent in children, be sure to clean all toys with which your child comes in contact as well as changing bedding on a daily basis (after each nap for infants and toddlers). Additionally, when washing bedding, be sure to wash bedding in hot water followed by drying in a hot dryer to kill bacteria. Taking these steps is crucial to prevent the spread of impetigo to other parts of the body and other people.
Are there any complications fro impetigo?
If left untreated, impetigo can spread to other parts of the body as well as others. Also, the lesions can become further infected creating a more serious issue.
What is the cost of treating impetigo in Boca Raton and West Palm Beach, FL?
The cost of treating impetigo involves a course of antibiotics which varies in cost depending on the extent of the infection as well as varying health plans.
What if I suspect my child has impetigo?
If you think you or your child has impetigo, please call to schedule an appointment immediately at our office.
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