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Impetigo is an infection of the skin that is caused by strep or staph bacteria. This contagious infection can occur anywhere on the body, though it is likely to occur on exposed areas, like the arms, legs, and face.

How did my child get impetigo?

The bacteria that causes impetigo finds its way into the body through skin injuries, like cuts or insect bites.  It is a contagious infection, which means that it can spread during close contact.  Also, scratching the area of infection can cause it to spread further.

Signs/Symptoms of Impetigo

  • Red, itchy sores
  • Pimple-like marks
  • Blisters
  • Rash
  • Oozing scabs with a yellow hue

Complications of Impetigo

In rare cases, impetigo can cause glomerulonephritis. Glomerulonephritis is a disease-causing inflammation of the kidneys. Signs of glomerulonephritis include high blood pressure and blood in the urine. If you notice your child has brown or dark urine, please contact their provider.

At-Home Care

  • Clean the rash or sores with soap and water and keep them clean.
  • Lightly cover the affected area.
  • Keep your child from scratching.
  • Cut your child’s fingernails to avoid spreading the bacteria.
  • Teach your child that they shouldn’t share items during the time they have their rash.

The GHT Treatment Method

1) Once your child is diagnosed with impetigo, we recommend starting with applying twice-daily use for three days.

2) If Neosporin for three days doesn’t improve symptoms or symptoms worsen, we recommend prescription-strength topical ointment.

3) Finally, if topical ointment does not work, then we prescribe oral antibiotics.

When do I contact my healthcare provider?

It typically takes about ten days for an impetigo infection to clear up. However, you should contact your pediatric healthcare provider as soon as you think your child may have impetigo. They will likely prescribe you topical or oral antibiotics. Antibiotics are a good way to prevent complications due to impetigo and reduce the chance that your child may spread it.  If your provider prescribes antibiotics, be sure to total amount specified, even if your child’s symptoms abate.

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