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Treatments for Impetigo

Treatments for Impetigo:

The first step in treating the appearance and spread of impetigo is prevention. Preventive measures include frequent hand washing and not sharing personal items, such as linens, towels and clothing. It is important not to touch or scratch the patches of skin affected by impetigo. This can spread the infection to other parts of the body or to other people.

Treatment of impetigo includes topical antibiotic medication and/or an oral antibiotic pill. The area affected by impetigo should be washed gently with antibacterial soap and water and a clean washcloth to loosen and help remove the crusts.

Treatment of the rare complication of glomerulonephritis includes bed rest and a special diet that restricts fluids, protein, sodium and potassium. This type of diet allows the kidney to rest and deceases swelling. A diuretic or "water pill" may also be prescribed to help eliminate excessive fluid. Antibiotics may be prescribed to treat the underlying bacterial infection. Hospitalization may be needed if serious complications, such as kidney failure and hypertension develop.

Treatment List for Impetigo

The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Impetigo includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.

Alternative Treatments for Impetigo

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Impetigo may include:

  • Antibiotic cream
  • Wash with antibacterial soap three times a day
  • Leave the affected area exposed to air
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Impetigo: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Impetigo may include:

Hidden causes of Impetigo may be incorrectly diagnosed:

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Products, offers and promotion categories available for Impetigo:

Impetigo: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Drugs and Medications used to treat Impetigo:

Note:You must always seek professional medical advice about any prescription drug, OTC drug, medication, treatment or change in treatment plans.

Some of the different medications used in the treatment of Impetigo include:

Unlabeled Drugs and Medications to treat Impetigo:

Unlabelled alternative drug treatments for Impetigo include:

  • Macrolide antibiotics
  • Erythromycin
  • Apo-Erythro Base
  • Apo-Erythro E-C
  • Apo-Erytrho-ES
  • Apo-Erythro-S
  • E.E.S
  • E.E.S. 200
  • E.E.S. 400
  • E-Mycin Controlled Release
  • E-MycinE
  • E-Mycin 333
  • Eramycin
  • Erybid
  • ERYC
  • EryPed
  • Eryphar
  • Ery-Tab
  • Erythrocin
  • Erythromid
  • Ethril
  • ETS-2%
  • Ilosone
  • Ilotycin
  • Novo-Rythro
  • PCE
  • Pediamycin
  • Pediazole
  • PMS-Erythromycin
  • Robimycin
  • SK-Erythromycin
  • Wyamycin E
  • Wyamycin S

Latest treatments for Impetigo:

The following are some of the latest treatments for Impetigo:

Hospital statistics for Impetigo:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Impetigo:

  • 0.01% (1,221) of hospital consultant episodes were for impetigo in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 97% of hospital consultant episodes for impetigo required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 54% of hospital consultant episodes for impetigo were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 46% of hospital consultant episodes for impetigo were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 95% of hospital consultant episodes for impetigo required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Impetigo

Research quality ratings and patient incidents/safety measures for hospitals and medical facilities in specialties related to Impetigo:

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Choosing the Best Treatment Hospital: More general information, not necessarily in relation to Impetigo, on hospital and medical facility performance and surgical care quality:

Discussion of treatments for Impetigo:

Topical or oral antibiotics are usually prescribed. (Source: excerpt from Group A Streptococcal Infections, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

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