Impetigo

  • Bacterial infection that affects the skin most commonly on the face
  • Symptoms may include red and fluid-filled sores that break and drain resulting in a yellow crust
  • Caused by bacteria entering through a break in the skin such as a cut, scrape or insect bite
  • Spread very easily by direct contact with infected person or contaminated objects
  • Affects males and females
  • Can occur at any age but more common in young children
  • May be mild to severe
  • Most often not life threatening

  • Wash the area with antibacterial soap and water regularly
  • Use a clean towel for each washing
  • Launder towels and clothing separate from other items
  • Keep sores covered with nonstick dressings to prevent spread
  • Wear gloves when applying ointment or washing area
  • Wash hands after cleaning or treating area
  • Wash hands frequently
  • Soak areas of infection with vinegar solution (1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 pint /500 ml of water) for 20 minutes to remove scabs

 

DO NOT use over the counter antibacterial ointments – they are not strong enough and can spread the infection

 

FOR ITCHING

  • Avoid items or situations that cause you to itch
  • Moisturize daily
  • Use creams, lotions or gels that soothe and cool the skin
  • Avoid scratching
  • Cut fingernails short, and consider wearing gloves at night to prevent scratching
  • Use mild, fragrance free soap and laundry detergent
  • Cover area with cold wet bandages or take a cool bath
  • Over-the-counter medicines (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Hydrocortisone cream
    • Diphenhydramine

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