Topic: Diseases & Conditions
This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about impetigo. Feel free to ask your doctor or nurse to go over any information you do not understand.
WHAT IS IMPETIGO?
Impetigo is a skin infection. It may affect skin anywhere on the body but usually attacks the area around the nose and mouth. It commonly starts on skin that has already been injured by other types of skin problems like a scratch or bug bite. It is caused by either the staph or strep germ that lives on the skin. Impetigo is contagious and it can be spread from one area of the skin to another or from one person to another.
HOW DO I KNOW MY CHILD HAS IMPETIGO?
Small blisters appear on the skin, especially around the mouth and nose. These rapidly break down to form golden-colored, crusty, oozing areas that spread.
HOW CAN I MAKE MY CHILD FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE?
You can do the following at home to make your child more comfortable and help prevent the spread of infection.
1. Have your child take the medication prescribed by the doctor.
2. If your child’s doctor says to use an antibiotic ointment, try removing all crust before applying the ointment. Crusts can be removed by soaking the area with warm water five to ten minutes to soften. Remove crusts gently.
3. Your child should not have close contact with other children while the impetigo lesions (sores) are draining. A child who is not infected should not sleep with your child. Do not let any other children use the same washcloth and towels that your child uses.
4. To stop the spread of infections, trim your child’s fingernails and keep his or her hands clean.
5. Wash your hands before and after caring for your child’s impetigo lesions (sores). Have all family members wash hands frequently.
6. If another family member develops sores, call your doctor to see if he or she will need medicine.
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Corregido: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2005
The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.
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Revised: 1994, 1998, 2000, 2005
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