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Impetigo: Symptoms and Treatment

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Impetigo refers to a type of skin infection that appears like red sores, caused by bacteria.

Only India accounts for an estimated 10 million or more cases per year. It mostly affects children and young adults. Impetigo can rarely be seen in older people.(1)

- Cannot be self-diagnosed
- Treatment options available
- Laboratory tests may be required
- Short-term: Resolves within a few weeks

Impetigo is a contagious bacterial infection that affects the skin mainly around the mouth and nose. Impetigo starts its formation when bacteria enter a cut, wound, or a skin area affected by an insect bite. Sometimes, other skin issues such as fungal infection, eczema, or body lice can also lead to its formation.

Symptoms

Red sores
Oozing of pus
Blisters
Itching
Formation of yellow crust
Swollen lymph nodes

Treatment

Self-care: Maintaining good hygiene and healthy sanitary habits. Cleaning and soaking the infected area in warm water followed by bleach baths. Keeping the infected area covered to prevent it from spreading.

Medication: Doctors may recommend antibiotics to combat the bacterial infection. Ointments or antiseptic creams may also be suggested to cure the infected area. Other oral drugs may be prescribed by the doctor to treat the infection faster.

Specialists: Once diagnosed, it must be treated immediately to avoid further complications. If the symptoms are severe, consult a dermatologist. You may consider contacting mfine as it offers a holistic treatment plan for optimum health.

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