Impetigo

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It has different ways of spreading, but is often spread through touch.

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Is there a vaccine for impetigo?

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there is no vaccine however there is a cure and you can do it yourself....all you have to do in a day is wash yourself over with soap and water....do this every ten minutes .... after a few months the impetigo should be gone. if not, consult your doctor...student yr9 studying impetigo for bio homework.....this should help x
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Can impetigo be prevented?

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Prevention of impetigo involves good hygiene. In order to avoid spreading the infection from one person to another, those with impetigo should be isolated until all sores are healed
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Do guinea pigs cause impetigo?

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Impetigo is caused by certain Streptococcus bacteria. Guinea pigs themselves can get impetigo as a result of this bacteria, so if your guinea pig has impetigo, it could cause impetigo in someone who had a suppressed immune system. Norml handling of guinea pigs won't cause it if one washes ones hands every time after handling the guinea pig or their bedding.
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Can you have impetigo in your mouth?

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I work in a pharmacy and today i had a young girl come in with impetigo on her lips and in her mouth! The mother said her sister had it in her throat as well! So as far as I know it is possible to get it in your mouth and throat! Maybe not as likely as around the lips and nose! But possible! The case was treated with antibiotic Cipro and a external only cream for around her mouth!
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What antibiotic is used to treat impetigo?

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Most likely the doctor will prescribe both an oral antibiotic and a topical antibiotic. Usually the topical antibiotic prescribed is called Bactroban. This is just an ointment that is applied to the affected area. They will also give you an antibiotic to be taken by mouth. The doctor will choose which antibiotic to give you depending on the severity of the infection, as well as depending on any allergies you may have to certain medications. Hope this helps!
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How do you get rid of impetigo?

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To help get rid of a minor staph infection, you might want to try a warm compress soaked in vinegar or rubbing alcohol. Vinegar has been shown to have plenty of antimicrobial power, so much so that conscientious janitors are now cleaning public restrooms with it. But when you really want to make sure those staph bacteria are dead, nothing beats good old rubbing alcohol. That's why hospitals have those cans of alcohol-based hand cleaner just laying around the place--it's almost 100% effective at killing bacteriaWhen worse comes to worst, your doctor may prescribe a topical antibiotic to get rid of impetigo. Usually an over-the-counter topical antibiotic like Neosporin will do the trick, but with more serious infections your doctor is likely to prescribe something stronger. Traditionally, staph infections were treated with an oral antibiotic like penicillin, but because antibiotic-resistant strains are becoming more common, doctors have had to resort to stronger antibiotics with a broader spectrum of microbial control. In other words, go see a doctor if you think your impetigo is getting out of control--it could save you a trip to the intensive care unit.Calendula cream is a naturally occurring antibiotic and anti-fungal cream derived from the Marigold plant (Calendula officinalis). It can be used to fight mild cases of impetigo, and is an excellent substitute for commercial antibiotic creams--if you're not into pharmaceuticals.Burdock root comes in many forms: pills, powders, tinctures, fluid extracts and teas. For treatment of impetigo, 2-8 mL of burdock root tincture should be applied to a compress and wrapped around the infected area at least 3 times a day. Washing the infected area is also more helpful than you think. You can also go to a doctor to get medicine for it. A topical antibiotic cream can be used in the first stages of an impetigo infection. Use a triple antibiotic ointment purchased over the counter at any drugstore. Three or four days applying the cream several times a day can cure the infection. If this does not work, then a doctor will have to prescribe an oral antibiotic such as erythromycin or penicillin. you can gently wash the infected areas twice a day with an unscented soap and water, using a piece of clean gauze. If a spot is crusted, soak it in warm, soapy water for a while to remove built-up layers of the crust. You do not need to get rid of all of the crust, but it is important to keep the area clean.To avoid spreading impetigo to other parts of the body, cover the infected areas with gauze and tape or a loose plastic bandage. It's also a good idea to keep your fingernails short until the infection clears up. Even though impetigo may itch, try not to scratch because scratching can spread the infection or tear the skin and make it worse. Scratching repeatedly can lead to scarring of the skin.If you've been diagnosed with a staph infection, your doctor will tell you to wash the infected area several times a day. This goes beyond normal daily hygiene, and requires letting the soap and/or alcohol soak into the wound, redressing it afterwards with a loose piece of cotton guaze. Watchful attentiveness is probably the least toxic, drug-free way to get rid of impetigo
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What causes impetigo?

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It is a highly contagious rash and itches and when scratched the scab comes off and a water like substance oozes out causing the rash to expand. it is a type of bacteria and is very contageous. by shannon goodsell x
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How long is impetigo contagious?

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Impetigo is a skin condition caused by the staph or strep bacteria. Antibiotics are usually necessary to clear this up but improvement can be seen within a few days after beginning the medication. Please consult a health care professional as I'm sure you must be feeling very uncomfortable. Impetigo is very contagious. Anything that touches the sores has a possibility of transferring the infection to either another person or another part of the body. Children who have impetigo should be carefully monitored to prevent spread of the infection since they are more likely to scratch and be in close contact with others. Usually after 48 hours of an antibiotic treatment it is no longer contagious and a child who has impetigo can go to school (you should ask your doctor this may differ with medication).
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Can you use Clindamycin for an Impetigo Infection?

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You should consult a doctor or dermatologist before using any medication you are unsure of.
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Can Impetigo harm an unborn baby?

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Impetigo is a 'contagious' disease. That means it is spread by direct physical contact. If you don't touch anyone who has it you shouldn't get the infection. It is quite rare for an adult to get impetigo. This is partly because it is usually caused by the most common bacteria which are present on the skin, and adults usually have more resistance. Being pregnant does not create an extra risk. The bacteria which cause the disease are not likely to cause any harm to an unborn child if there is only an infection on the skin. The disease is often treatable with antibiotic cream, but sometimes the patient also needs to take an antibiotic by mouth. If you did catch the infection, then as long as the doctor knows that you are pregnant, you could, if required, be prescribed antibiotic that is safe to use in pregnancy.
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What microbe causes impetigo?

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its called a kis-me-as in most countries
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Can you pass impetigo in a public swimming pool?

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I'm a 35 y/o male with no medical degree and a looong history of impetigo. As a boy, Doctors told my parents that I am very susceptable to this particular problem. Despite having all the baths, antibacterial soap and clean towels in the world, (hygene is a big deal in preventing this) I would catch it a couple times a year. Around 75% of the time, I could trace my whereabouts back to a public pool the week before. Not very scientific, but a heck of a coincidence. And guess what... Though the frequency has diminished as I've aged, (haven't had it for about six years) I noticed the familiar signs again today. Last week I was in a pool for four days straight teaching SCUBA diving.
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What causes impetigo bacteria or virus?

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It's bacterial , and responds well to topical treatment.
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Is doxycycl hyc a treatment for impetigo?

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Yes. As a matter of fact I just went to the doctor the other day for skin irritation and i was prescribed doxycycl hyc 100 mg for it. my doctor said it was an impetigo, a superficial skin infection. I've been taking it for two whole days now and it is healing, slowly but surely!
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What are some Impetigo home cures?

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Wash with soap and water (Especially after cuts and scrapes) Oatmeal Bath (put oatmeal in cheesecloth and seal then put in water) Aveno Moisturizer 2-4x daily When it just affects a small area of the skin, impetigo can usually be treated with antibiotic ointment. But if the infection has spread to other areas of the body, or the ointment isn't working, the doctor may prescribe an antibiotic pill or liquid. Prevention: Good hygiene practices, such as regular hand washing, can help prevent impetigo. Have kids use soap and water to clean their skin and be sure they take baths or showers regularly. Pay special attention to areas of the skin that have been injured, such as cuts, scrapes, bug bites, areas of eczema, and rashes such as poison ivy. Keep these areas clean and covered.
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What medicine is used for impetigo under the nose?

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You really need to see a doctor for this problem. It is very contagious especially in small children who aren't really good at washing their hands yet. You could try Bacitracin or triple antibiotic ointment but remember good handwashing is very important! A doctor will sometimes recommend a prescription antibiotic. Washing the area with warm soap and water before applying the antibiotic will help.
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Can acyclovir be used for impetigo?

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yes, but fuciden is best!
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Does impetigo leave scars?

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if you have impetigo, you should go see a doctor. they will prescribe medicine. how do you no if you have impetigo? it is most likely to get it around the nose, and mouth its is normally red around the area when it coats up, it looks like brown sugar or honey blisters it is not a pretty sight
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How is impetigo treated by doctors?

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Uncomplicated impetigo is usually treated with a topical antibiotic cream such as mupirocin (Bactroban). Oral antibiotics are also commonly prescribed.
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What is the gram stain for impetigo?

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A gram stain is a way of staining cells to determine what category the bacteria falls into (gram positive or gram negative). This is a very important test used to determine what type of bacteria is causing the problem. Gram positive bacteria are types such as Staphylococcus (Staph infections) and Streptococcus (Strep). Gram negative organisms are ones such as Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) and Salmonella. They have defining characteristics that can help the doctor pin point which bacteria is causing the infection, thus being able to give you the proper antibiotic that will take care of the infection. Impetigo is caused by Staph and Strep infections making it a Gram Positive Bacteria.
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What country did impetigo come from?

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In northern Europe, northern America, and Canada, impetigo is the most common bacterial skin infection in children
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Where is the pathogen for impetigo found?

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impetigo is caused mostly by staph aureus, but also by strept pyogenes. A lot of people carry staph aureus in their nostrils (picking boogers or sneezing can spread them to a scratch or cut), but probably the simplest transmission is from contact with another individual with impetigo, which is why it's common in kids.
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Does impetigo leave a scar?

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According to doctors, impetigo will rarely leave permanent scarring... but after successful treatment it is common for the previously infected areas of skin to suffer from Hyperpigmentation ( a slight redness or colour change) which can remain for up to 6 - 8 months, these patches wi ll slowly fade over time.