Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that is common in young children but can affect individuals of all ages. It is characterised by red sores, blisters, and yellow to honey-coloured crusts. At My Pharmacy, we offer expert advice and a range of treatments to effectively manage and treat impetigo.

Impetigo is primarily caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. These bacteria can enter the skin through cuts, scratches, insect bites, or other breaks in the skin. There are two main types of impetigo: non-bullous (impetigo contagiosa) and bullous impetigo, each with distinct symptoms and characteristics.

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    • Symptoms of Impetigo

      Typical symptoms of impetigo include:

      Red sores or blisters that rupture and ooze, forming a yellow to honey-coloured crust
      Itchy rash and skin lesions, often around the mouth, nose, and hands
      In bullous impetigo, larger blisters filled with fluid
      Mild fever and swollen lymph nodes in more severe cases

    • Effective Treatment Strategies

      Treatment for impetigo aims to clear the infection and prevent its spread:

      Topical Antibiotics: Mupirocin or fusidic acid creams are effective in treating localised impetigo.
      Oral Antibiotics: For more widespread infections, oral antibiotics may be prescribed to eliminate the bacteria.
      Hygiene Measures: Washing the affected areas gently with soap and water and keeping them covered can help prevent the spread of impetigo.

    • Preventative Measures

      To reduce the risk of impetigo:

      Practise good personal hygiene, including regular hand washing and bathing.
      Keep cuts, scrapes, and insect bites clean and covered.
      Avoid close contact with individuals who have impetigo.
      Do not share personal items like towels, clothing, or toys with someone who has impetigo.

      Complications and When to Seek Medical Attention

      While impetigo is usually a mild condition, it can sometimes lead to complications such as cellulitis, ecthyma, or post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. If you notice signs of impetigo spreading, experience pain, fever, or swollen lymph nodes, or if the infection does not improve with treatment, it is important to seek medical attention.

    • Accessing Treatment through the Pharmacy First Service

      The Pharmacy First service allows you to receive professional advice and treatment for impetigo without needing a GP appointment. Our pharmacists can assess your symptoms, recommend appropriate treatments, and provide guidance on infection prevention and care.