What are the treatments for the infection?
Any crusted skin lesions of impetigo should be soaked several
times a day in a solution of soap and water. After soaking the lesions for 10
minutes, the person should gently wipe off the crusts.
Antiseptic solutions, such as povidone-iodine or chlorhexidine, may be
suggested to clean the skin. This cleaning reduces the number of bacteria in
the area and the possibility of spreading the disease to others. Antibiotics,
such as cephalexin, dicloxacillin, or mupirocin, may be taken as pills or used
as an ointment on the skin lesions.
What are the side effects of the treatments?
Antibiotics may cause rash,
stomach upset, or allergic
What happens after treatment for the infection?
Impetigo should clear up completely with effective
How is the infection monitored?
Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare