Impetigo caused by susceptible bacteria

Impetigo Caused by Susceptible Bacteria

Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that typically affects children and is often caused by bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. Impetigo typically presents as a rash, and can occur anywhere on the body. While impetigo is rarely serious, it is highly contagious and can spread from person to person as well as through contact with shared items that have been exposed to the bacteria.

The primary symptoms of impetigo are red sores or bumps that can contain pus and may be surrounded by blistered or red skin. They typically range in size from one-eighth of an inch to one-quarter of an inch. Left untreated, these sores and bumps can spread to other parts of the body and, in some cases, become worse the longer they are not treated. In addition to the sores and bumps, other symptoms that may be present are fever, swollen lymph nodes and, in some cases, a thick yellow crust that forms on the skin.

Treatment for impetigo typically includes antibiotics applied directly to the affected area of the skin and/or orally. Depending on the severity of the impetigo, these antibiotics can be taken orally for anywhere from 7 to 21 days. Oral antibiotics are also recommended for those with larger areas affected by the bacteria. In addition to antibiotics, a doctor may recommend the use of a topical ointment in order to prevent further infection. Generally, impetigo resolves within 1-2 weeks, but it can take up to several months to fully heal if left untreated.

There are a number of effective methods for preventing impetigo caused by susceptible bacteria. These include:

  • Washing hands regularly with soap and water
  • Keeping any cuts or scratches clean and covered with a bandage
  • Avoiding close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with impetigo
  • Avoiding the sharing of personal items such as towels, clothes, and bedding
  • Maintaining proper hygiene by bathing regularly and changing clothes daily