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Impetigo | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

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 reactions.

What happens after treatment for the infection?

Impetigo should clear up completely with effective treatment.

How is the infection monitored?

Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to the healthcare provider.

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Author: Lynn West, MD
Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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