Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Impetigo in Children

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Specific treatment for impetigo will be determined by your child's physician.

Things to know about treatment:

  • For a child with many lesions, oral antibiotics may be prescribed.
  • If your child only has a few lesions, your child's physician may prescribe a topical antibiotic applied directly to the lesions.
  • Your child should wash daily with an antibacterial soap to help decrease the chance of spreading the infection.
  • Everyone in the household should use proper hand-washing technique to help decrease the chance of spreading the infection.
  • Keep your child's fingernails short to help decrease the chance of scratching and spreading the infection.
  • Avoid sharing garments, towels, etc. to prevent the spread of the infection.
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