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How do I treat impetigo?

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The key to treating -- and preventing -- impetigo is to practice good personal hygiene and maintain a clean environment.

If this doesn't help, see your doctor. You may need a prescription medication. Topical mupirocin ointment, available only by prescription, works on mild forms of the infection. Don't try over-the-counter ointments; they are too weak to kill it, and applying the ointment carelessly may spread the impetigo. If you have a severe infection, you may need oral antibiotics.

SOURCES:   American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Habif: Clinical Dermatology , Mosby, Inc. 2004, 4th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

SOURCES:   American Academy of Family Physicians. 

The Mayo Clinic. 

Habif: Clinical Dermatology , Mosby, Inc. 2004, 4th ed.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on April 27, 2019

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