Impetigo - Overview
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
short and covering sores with gauze or bandages.
Call your doctor
if an impetigo infection does not improve after 3 or 4 days 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. You should also avoid sharing towels, pillows, sheets,
clothes, toys, or other items with an infected person. If possible, wash any
shared items in hot water before you use them again.
If you or
your child has impetigo, scratching the sores can spread the infection to other
areas of your body and to other people. Keeping the sores covered can help you
or your child resist scratching them. Washing your or your child's hands with
soap can also prevent spreading the infection.
If your child has
a cut or insect bite, covering it with antibiotic ointment or cream can help