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How to prevent impetigo?

To help prevent impetigo, take a bath or shower every day, and always keep your skin clean. If you have cuts or scrapes in your skin, or a poison ivy rash, make sure to keep the area clean and covered. If you have impetigo, you can prevent spreading the infection by not touching the affected area. You can easily spread the infection from one place on your body to another if you touch the infection then touch somewhere else. To keep impetigo from spreading, it is very important that

pillowcases and sheets be washed every day. Personal items, such as soap and towels, should be kept separate from other family members. Playmates who come in contact with infected skin can develop impetigo, so children who have impetigo should try to avoid contact with others until it clears up.

Simple cleanliness and prompt attention to minor wounds will do much to prevent impetigo. Persons with impetigo or symptoms of GABS infections should seek medical care and if necessary begin antibiotic treatment as soon as possible to prevent spread to others. Individuals with impetigo should be excluded from school, day care, or other situations where close person-to-person contact is likely to occur until at least 24 hours after beginning appropriate antibiotic therapy. Sharing of towels, clothing, and other personal articles should be discouraged.

Children should be excluded from day care centres and schools after the start of antibiotic therapy and until the blisters have stopped discharging and have healed up.Good hygiene is necessary to prevent the spread of the infection. Avoid skin contact with discharge from Impetigo sores. Wash hands after touching a blister. Throw away the antibiotic cream after the sores have healed.

More information on impetigo

What is impetigo? - Impetigo is a skin infection caused by Streptococcus (strep) and Staphylococcus (staph) bacteria. Impetigo usually appears around the nose and mouth.
What are the symptoms of impetigo? - Impetigo has two general forms: ordinary impetigo and bullous impetigo. Impetigo causes small bumps or blisters that burst.
What causes impetigo? - Impetigo can be caused by the Staphylococcus aureus (staph) or group A Streptococci (strep) bacteria. Epidemic impetigo can be caused by staph or strep bacteria.
What's the treatment for impetigo? - Impetigo usually is treated with antibiotics. The treatment involves washing with soap and water and letting the impetigo dry in the air.
How to prevent impetigo? - To help prevent impetigo, take a bath or shower every day, and always keep your skin clean. 
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