Impetigo: Tips for Treating and Preventing the Spread

Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection that commonly affects children but can occur at any age. The infection can spread easily, especially among children in close contact, such as in schools and daycare centers. If you suspect you or your child has impetigo, it is important to seek medical attention from a dermatologist, like Dr. Raskin in Bakersfield, who can diagnose and treat the condition.

Symptoms of Impetigo
Impetigo appears as red sores or blisters on the face, neck, hands, and other areas of the body. The sores may burst and develop honey-colored crusts, which can be itchy and uncomfortable. Impetigo can also cause swollen lymph nodes, especially in the affected area. In severe cases, impetigo can cause fever and chills.

Treatment of Impetigo
The most common treatment for impetigo is a course of antibiotics, either applied topically or taken orally. The type of antibiotic prescribed will depend on the severity of the infection and other factors. It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics, even if the symptoms improve or disappear, to prevent the infection from returning.

In addition to the treatments mentioned above, it is important to take measures to prevent the spread of impetigo. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Keep the affected areas clean: Clean the affected areas with soap and water regularly. This can help to remove the crusts and prevent the bacteria from spreading.
  • Avoid touching the affected areas: Try to avoid touching the affected areas as much as possible. If you do touch them, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Cover the affected areas: Cover the affected areas with a clean, dry bandage or gauze to prevent the spread of the bacteria to other parts of your body or to other people.
  • Don’t share personal items: Avoid sharing personal items such as towels, clothing, or bedding with others, as this can spread the bacteria.
  • Practice good hygiene: Good hygiene habits, such as washing your hands regularly, can help prevent the spread of impetigo and other infections.

If you suspect that you or someone in your family has impetigo, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Dr. Raskin and the medical staff at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Care in Bakersfield can help diagnose and treat impetigo, as well as provide guidance on how to prevent its spread. With prompt and effective treatment, most cases of impetigo can be resolved within a few weeks. Call us for an appointment today!