What is impetigo?

Impetigo is a common skin condition which leads to a red blotchy rash which can burst into a classic crusty golden appearance. It can be on any part of the body but most commonly on the face. It usually clears up in about 7-10 days with treatment. Children and babies tend to catch Impetigo more than adults.

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What causes Impetigo?

Impetigo is caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus aureus. This is commonly caught by children with contact with another infected person or if they have a fresh scratch or wound that could get infected. Impetigo can also be spread by sharing towels, clothing or bedding with an infected person. It can also be spread to different parts of our body through hands or fingernails if the area is scratched or picked before it has fully healed.
What treatments are available?

Impetigo is usually treated with antibiotic creams which usually clears the condition in 7-10 days. It is also important to wash hands regularly during treatment, keep fingernails short and avoid sharing towels, bedding and clothing with other people to reduce chances of Impetigo being spread.
How can Skin Clinic Help you?

Our pharmacist can help to diagnose your condition and recommend the correct treatment in a face-to-face consultation at our skin clinic. Through the skin clinic you can access prescription strength antibiotic treatment without the need to see your GP.

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