If your child has been diagnosed with Impetigo which known as infantigo sometimes, you might wonder what kind of Impetigo treatment there is to help them. Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that causes uncomfortable and unpleasant looking blisters that are honey in color, most often appearing around the nose and mouth, sometimes called ‘school sores’ because they tend to affect school-age children most commonly. The symptoms can appear severe and worrying, but the first thing to understand is that Impetigo is a superficial infection, not prone to complications, and well understood enough to be readily treatable.
Firstly, your diagnosing physician should have put your child on a course of antibiotics. This is a common treatment for Impetigo, and should be followed closely to ensure the infection clears up and doesn’t recur later. They may also prescribe an antibiotic ointment in severe cases, and this should be applied directly to the sores using a pair of gloves. It’s important not to touch the sores directly, and not to let your child scratch, because the infection is transmitted from the affected area by contact. Indirect transmission is unlikely, though, so don’t worry as long as you take the proper precautions.
Once the antibiotic treatment has commenced, sores can be treated with warm salt water to gently remove the uncomfortable crusts and let them drain. They should, however, be covered with waterproof bandages at all other times, to prevent the spread of Impetigo. As a preventative treatment, people most at risk of contracting Impetigo – for example, people with pre-existing skin conditions that mean their skin is often broken, or anyone with an open wound, as well as newborns and any elderly people not in the best of health – should be kept away from the patient if at all possible. If this isn’t possible, make sure they wash their hands well, using clean water and towels that the infected person hasn’t touched.
As the treatment method for Impetigo begins to work, it is advisable to use antibacterial soap for at least two to three weeks, even after the sores clear up. Regular hand washing is important whether you use antibacterial soap or not, since Impetigo is communicated primarily by touch. Other preventative treatments include washing any clothing, cutlery, cups or bedclothes used by the patient separately from others, or washing everything with antibacterial soap as well (and rinsing thoroughly). These preventative measures are important to stop the spread, since some people may be at risk of developing an acute reaction from the swelling of the lymph nodes.
Though it may be tempting to think that treatment is unnecessary, don’t let yourself be fooled; untreated Impetigo will remain contagious for up to two to three months, as compared to the twenty-four hours it stops becoming contagious in with antibiotic treatment. Getting the right Impetigo treatment as quickly as you can once symptoms appear will minimize the discomfort your child goes through, cut down the time they miss out of school or day care, and reduce the risk of spreading dramatically.