Impetigo Treatment In Boardman, OH

Discover All The Forms of Impetigo

A common skin infection usually found in children and infants, impetigo produces single or multiple pus-filled blisters. These blisters are usually itchy and easily break, leaving a raw-looking base and honey-colored crust. It usually first appears near the nose then spreads as the patient scratches the blisters.

Forms Of Impetigo

The dermatologists with Advanced Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center create individual treatment plans for the three common forms of impetigo.

Ordinary Impetigo: Caused by Streptococcal bacteria, ordinary impetigo appears as red sores that rupture quickly. The sores ooze fluid that forms a honey-colored crust. Ordinary impetigo is common in children from infancy to age two.

Bullous Impetigo: This form of impetigo features fluid-filled blisters caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. Bullous impetigo is contagious and is spread by coming into contact with the fluid from a broken blister.

Ecthyma: Ecthyma is the most serious form of impetigo. It penetrates to the dermis — the second layer of skin — and is characterized by painful, fluid- or pus-filled sores. Ecthyma lesions are usually found on the feet or legs. As the sores break open, hard yellow-gray crust forms. Patients may have swollen lymph glands in the affected areas.

Impetigo Treatment

Treatment usually includes seven days to 10 days of oral and/or topical antibiotics. Completing the full course of antibiotics is crucial to full healing of the sores. Over-the-counter topical antibiotics, such as Neosporin, aren't effective.

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