Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection. While impetigo may resolve on its own, antibiotics are often prescribed to shorten the duration of the infection and prevent complications.
WHO IS AT RISK?
Impetigo is most common among children. However it can affect adults, especially the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes. Impetigo is more common during the hot summer months. It is highly contagious and spreads easily in a school or daycare setting. Impetigo can be spread through contact with personal items such as clothing or towels. Certain close contact sports such as wrestling and football can also predispose to spreading the infection through skin- to-skin contact.
The most common symptoms of impetigo are red sores that ooze or weep fluid. Generally these sores will start to develop a yellowish crust after a few days. The sores are usually found on the face, particularly around the mouth.
DIAGNOSIS AND IMPETIGO TREATMENT
Impetigo is diagnosed when your doctor examines the appearance of the characteristic sores. Impetigo is treated either with antibiotic containing topical cream or oral antibiotic medications.
HOW PLUSHCARE WORKS
1. Video chat with a doctor and send pictures through the app.
2. Your PlushCare doctor will prescribe any needed medicines, like antibiotics, and make treatment recommendations.
3. Pick up your prescription at your pharmacy, and followup with the doctor by video chat if needed.