Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection usually caused by "staph" (Staphylococcus) or "strep" (Streptococcus) bacteria. Impetigo often starts with a cut or break in the skin that allows bacteria entry.
Impetigo is very common in children up to 6 years old. It also may occur in adults. Those who live in a warm, humid climate are more often affected. Insect bites, crowded living conditions, and poor skin cleansing make a person prone to infection. It may spread easily through skin-to-skin contact, having a weak immune system, or having a chronic skin problem, such as eczema, also increase the chance of getting impetigo.
There are 2 common forms: with or without fluid-filled bubbles on the skin (blisters).
Mild - There are only a few of either type of lesion over a small and local area of skin, and the person feels well otherwise.
Moderate - There are over 10 lesions and several small skin areas are affected.
Severe - There are many lesions, large areas of skin are affected, and/or the person feels ill with fever, diarrhoea, or weakness.
Complications related to impetigo can include deeper skin infection (cellulitis), meningitis, or a kidney inflammation (post streptococcal glomerulonephritis, which is not prevented by treatment).
In case of mild infection:
Keep the skin clean with soap and water. Treat cuts, scrapes, and insect bites by cleaning with soap and water and covering the area if possible.
In addition to measures for mild impetigo already mentioned, either topical (usually mupirocin) or oral antibiotics (cephalosporins, amoxicillin, cloxacillin, dicloxacillin, erythromycin, or clindamycin) may be prescribed.
The cost for the treatment varies depending upon the treatment modality. However, a consultation with Dr. Rinky Kapoor would cost around INR 1000/-.
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