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Impetigo (cont.)

Impetigo Treatment

Self-Care at Home

  • Clean all sores and bites with antibacterial soap and water. Don't scratch or pick.
  • The infection is contagious. Other people may contract the infection if you come in contact with them. Use separate washcloths and hand towels.
  • Often, the rash and infection will go away on its own, but antibiotics are usually needed to get rid of the infection.
  • You may apply antibacterial ointment, but wash your hands well after applying it.
  • If the sores are in areas you shave (men on their face; women on their legs), shave around the sores so you won't spread the infection further.

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