What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection primarily affecting children but can occur in individuals of any age. Understanding this skin condition is essential for effective treatment and prevention.
What are the Symptoms of Impetigo?
Recognising the symptoms of impetigo is crucial for prompt intervention.
Common indicators include:
Small red spots that develop into fluid-filled blisters.
Oozing and Crusting
Blisters burst, forming wet and honey-coloured crusts.
Skin irritation and itching around the affected areas.
The rash may spread to other parts of the body.
Swollen Lymph Nodes
In severe cases, lymph nodes near the affected area may become swollen.
What are the Causes of Impetigo?
Impetigo is caused by bacteria, primarily Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus.
Common causes include:
Scratches, cuts, or insect bites that create entry points for bacteria.
The infection spreads through direct skin-to-skin contact.
Sharing towels, clothing, or personal items can contribute to transmission.
Understanding the root cause is vital for tailored treatment and prevention strategies.
How is Impetigo Treated?
Effectively managing impetigo involves a comprehensive approach.
Consider the following treatment options:
Topical antibiotics help eliminate bacteria on the skin's surface.
In severe cases, oral antibiotics may be prescribed.
Keeping the affected areas clean and covered promotes healing.
Minimising scratching helps prevent the spread of infection.
Avoiding close contact with others during the contagious phase.
Encouraging good hygiene, including regular handwashing.
How Can Pearl Chemist Group Help?
As part of Pharmacy First, Pearl Chemist Group’s pharmacists can assist with the treatment of impetigo by:
Our assistance includes:
Assessment and Advice
Our pharmacists can assess symptoms, offering guidance on recognising and managing impetigo, as well as providing information on proper hygiene practices.
Our pharmacists may recommend and supply appropriate topical antibiotics for mild cases of impetigo, helping to eliminate the infection and promote healing.
Referral if Necessary
If our pharmacists identifies severe cases or complications, they can refer patients to a general practitioner for further evaluation and prescription of stronger antibiotics.
Our pharmacists offer educational support on proper application of medications, potential side effects, and the importance of completing the prescribed course for effective treatment.
Providing advice on maintaining good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of impetigo and reduce the risk of recurrence.
When appropriate, our pharmacists can supply prescription medication, offering quick access to relief for mild cases of impetigo.
By offering accessible advice, recommending suitable treatments, and facilitating timely interventions, Pearl Chemist Group pharmacists under Pharmacy First contribute to the effective management of impetigo, ensuring patients receive appropriate care promptly. We have branches across South London including Banstead, Earlsfield, Epsom, London, Merton, Morden, Streatham, Tolworth, Tooting, Wandsworth, and Wimbledon.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
A: Impetigo is characterised by red sores or blisters that usually appear around the mouth and nose but can occur anywhere on the body. These sores may break open and ooze fluid, forming a yellowish crust. It's essential to consult our team for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
A: Yes, impetigo is highly contagious and can spread through direct contact with the sores or items contaminated with the bacteria, such as towels, clothing, or toys. Practising good hygiene, including frequent handwashing, can help prevent the spread of impetigo.
A: Treatment for impetigo typically involves topical antibiotics, such as mupirocin or fusidic acid, applied directly to the affected area. In some cases, oral antibiotics may be prescribed for more severe or widespread infections. It's essential to complete the full course of treatment as prescribed by your healthcare provider.
A: While impetigo is usually a mild and easily treatable condition, complications can occur if left untreated. These may include the spread of the infection to other parts of the body, such as the eyes or joints, or the development of more serious skin infections.
A: To help prevent impetigo, practise good hygiene, including washing your hands regularly, keeping cuts and scrapes clean and covered, avoiding close contact with individuals who have impetigo, and not sharing personal items like towels or razors. If you suspect impetigo, seek medical advice promptly to prevent further spread.