Impetigo Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel
Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology
Impetigo Treatment Indianapolis & Carmel, IN
Impetigo diagnosis and treatment is performed by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg.
We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about impetigo and how we can help.
What Is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a contagious infection of the skin caused by bacteria. The most common bacteria seen with impetigo are called streptococci, staphylococci or sometimes both.
Who Gets Impetigo?
The impetigo infection may be seen in people of all ages, but we see it most often in young children and infants.
Where on the Body is Impetigo Usually Seen?
Impetigo can be found on any body surface, but is most commonly found on exposed areas like the face, hands, neck, arms, and legs.
Impetigo is often spread by scratching or rubbing the lesions which causes the infected area to enlarge.
What Does Impetigo Look Like?
Impetigo begins most often with small, red, flat spots that quickly develop into fluid-filled blisters with a narrow area of redness surrounding them. These blisters break easily and release a cloudy yellow fluid. This fluid will then dry and form thick, honey-colored crusts that are easily removed. The exposed surface will then be a smooth red oozing surface, which quickly forms a new crust.
There are 2 forms of impetigo:
- Vesiculopustular Impetigo: this is the more common type, which results in small fluid filled blisters that break and crust as described above. These types occur more commonly on the face, and less so on the arms and legs.
- Bullous Impetigo: this type results in large fluid filled pockets that form in areas of normal skin. These rupture easily and leave shallow ulcers with yellow-brown crusts. This type often occurs in people with poor immune systems or in children who lack antibodies to the bacteria.
Common impetigo treatments include:
- Topical antibiotic ointments applied to the area with impetigo frequently can be useful.
- Oral antibiotics may sometimes be necessary to clear up impetigo.
- Gentle washing with removal of crust and drainage of the wounds will help prevent local spread and re-accumulation of crusts. If the crusts are difficult to remove, warm soaks or compresses may be helpful.
Dr. Strausburg will let you know the best impetigo treatment for you.
Does Impetigo Need to be Treated?
Yes. If impetigo is left untreated, the infection could last 2-3 weeks with continued spread and more crusts. If the infection becomes severe, there may be formation of very large crusts and deep ulcerations.
How is Impetigo Diagnosed?
After reviewing your medical history and examining the area, Dr. Strausburg can let you know if you or your child has impetigo.
Where Do the Impetigo Bacteria Come From?
Most often, people carry these bacteria on their skin or in their nose and do not have any symptoms because they are immune to the bacteria. However, when they spread the bacteria to someone else, it may then cause infection.
Do You Take Insurance For Impetigo Treatment?
Yes, we do take insurance for impetigo treatment. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.
Contact Us About Treatment for Impetigo
If you have more questions and would like further information about impetigo, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.
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