Impetigo - Topic Overview
How is it treated? continued...
At home, gently wash the sores with soap and water each day. If
crusts form, your doctor may advise you to soften or remove the crusts. You can do this by soaking them in warm water and patting them dry. This can help the cream or ointment work better.
After you touch the area, wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
Try not to
scratch the sores, because scratching can spread the infection to other parts of
the body. You can help prevent scratching by keeping your child's fingernails
Call your doctor
if you do not get better as expected or if you notice
any signs that the infection is getting worse, such as fever, increased pain,
swelling, warmth, redness, or pus.
How can impetigo be prevented?
If you know someone who has
impetigo, try to avoid close contact with that person until his or her
infection has gone away. Do not share towels, sheets, or
clothes until the infection is
gone. Wash anything that may have touched the infected area.
If you or
your child has impetigo, scratching the sores can spread the infection to other
areas of your body and to other people. Wash your or your child's hands with
soap to help prevent spreading the infection.
If your child has
a cut or insect bite, covering it with antibiotic ointment or cream can help