Impetigo is a skin infection. Although it’s very contagious, it’s not usually severe. It often clears up in 7 to 10 days after starting treatment. Although Impetigo is common in kids, anybody can get it. If you or your child is suffering from Impetigo, visit Duncan’s Pharmacy for Impetigo treatment in London today.
Impetigo begins with either red blisters or sores. However, it may be hard to see the redness in brown and black coloured skin.
The sores or blisters burst quickly, leaving crusty, golden-brown patches.
The patches can:
- Appear a bit like cornflakes stuck to your skin
- Get bigger
- Spread to other areas of your body
- Be itchy
- Occasionally be painful
Seek medical attention if you or your child:
- Has impetigo
- Underwent treatment but the symptoms change or worsen
- Had recurring impetigo
Impetigo is a very infectious condition. You should therefore consult with your GP or pharmacist immediately you notice any signs of the disease.
Impetigo Treatment in London
Our pharmacist will prescribe either antibiotic cream to hasten your recovery or antibiotic tablets. Alternatively, you might be given a non-antibiotic cream.
Can I stop impetigo from spreading?
Impetigo easily spreads to other parts of your body or to those around you until it stops being infectious.
It stops being infectious:
- 48 hours after you begin using the prescribed medicine
- When the patches dry out and crust over (incase you do not get treated)
To stop impetigo from spreading or worsening while it’s still contagious:
- Do not go to school or work
- Keep sores, blisters and crusty patches clean and dry
- Cover sores using loose clothing or gauze bandages
- Clean your hands frequently
- Wash flannels, sheets and towels using hot water
How to avoid impetigo
Impetigo normally infects already damaged skin.
To avoid spreading the infection to other areas of your body and to other people:
- Keep cuts, bruises and insect bites clean – for instance, wash them with warm water
- Seek medical attention for skin ailments, like eczema
Contact us today for Impetigo treatment in London.