Impetigo is a contagious, bacterial skin infection which affects adults but is mainly seen in children, due to a higher risk of infection in school and nursery environments.
There are two variants to look out for. Bullous impetigo, which typically shows as fluid filled blisters on the body and non bullous impetigo, which causes sores to develop around the nose and mouth.
Infection enters through a cut in the skin, or through skin damage from an existing condition, such as eczema. Both forms can be uncomfortable, the blisters, or sores generally burst, forming yellow, or honey coloured scabs.
A complete range of testing is available for diagnosis, although an experienced consultant dermatologist can in most cases quickly identify impetigo. Seeing a specialist also avoid misdiagnosis, other skin problems can appear similar.
Impetigo Treatment In London
Impetigo is not often serious and can clear up without treatment, in two to three weeks. Red blotches may be left after the scabbing goes, which usually go by themselves.
The condition is however uncomfortable and scarring, or more serious conditions can ensue in a few cases. Treatment is advised, which will also reduce the length of the illness and risk of spreading the infection.
Treatment for impetigo in our London clinic is in most cases straightforward, antibiotics, as a cream, or orally. Within 48 hours, or when the sores have healed, the infection is no longer contagious.
Patient Care & Support
Along with many skin infections, there are practical ways you can help and for impetigo, reduce cross infection. Our consultants will advise you according to the case and age of the patient, they are experienced in children’s dermatology.
As general advice, avoid touching the sores, wash your hands regularly and avoid sharing of flannels, towels, or linen. Children should naturally be kept away from school, until the impetigo clears up.
Treating impetigo is a normal part of our London dermatology service. We can guarantee the expertise you need, a welcoming environment and great care, for patients of all ages.