Definition and Causes







  1. Wash and bandage: Clean the area well with soap and water and then apply antibiotic ointment (see below) and a Band-Aid to prevent scratching and spread.
  1. Antibiotic ointment: Treat with an over the counter ointment such as Bacitracin, Polysporin, or Triple Antibiotic ointment applied 3 times/day. Sometimes we will send a prescription for a slightly stronger antibiotic ointment called Mupirocin (Bactroban). One time per day, It is also helpful to apply ointment under the nails and inside both nostrils, to prevent spread of impetigo (don’t put under nails if child puts hands in mouth). In addition to topical antibiotics, occasionally an oral antibiotic may be prescribed.
  2. Preventing spread: Launder sheets and towels often. After bathing, dry lesions separately so that the same towel does not dry skin with impetigo and unaffected skin. Don’t bathe with siblings. Throw away used tissues promptly so that the infection can’t be spread to a surface where the tissue is left or to another person who picks it up.


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