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What does impetigo look like?

 

Impetigo is a highly infectious bacterial infection which mainly affects school children rather than adults. It mainly looks like a red rash on the skin which is filled with pus or fluid. Impetigo is caused by eczema. Impetigo gets develop in small patches on the skin. The infection starts to get developed in 4 to 10 days. Over a period of time, these small reddish itchy spots get developed into yellow golden substances taking the shapes of blisters. There are smaller patches which starts occurring around the blisters. In the later part, the top of the blisters develop a crusty surface with many new blisters.

How it is spread and the treatment?

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Impetigo mainly affects school children and adolescents. While maintaining skin hygiene, it is important to eradicate the chances of impetigo, care should also be taken to avoid skin contact with those who are already infected with impetigo. As children are affected with this, it is advisable to visit a General Physician. Your general physician might suggest some antibiotic ointments to apply on the surface of impetigo. Before applying the ointment, wash the infected area with soap and water and remove the crusts allowing the skin to dry. If the condition worsens, oral antibiotic may be prescribed.  Impetigo is very contagious, so make sure that unless your child’s scabs have fallen off completely. Infection may occur by scratching the scabs.

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