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How long did the symptoms of your impetigo last? Was there anything in particular that helped with pain/symptom relief? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Kerlain, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I've had impetigo since March! Going on 6 months. Started I believe, from a pimple that popped near my eyebrow. This turned to folliculitis and I lost my whole right eyebrow. About 3 weeks ago, I finally saw a dermatologist who told me it looked like it was cleared. Since about a week ago, the blisters are all over my face again, and on my lower stomach. I have made 2 trips to an emergency room, general physician visit and now dermatologist. I hope they figure this out soon.

Comment from: Highbeam73, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 25

I've been really run down recently, and although I rarely get spots (I use an anti-bacterial light mask) I got one just above my lip. I messed with it and the next day the entire area was throbbing and red, and I recognized it as impetigo, as I've had it once before. Thankfully I have some iodine (distilled) and Brulidine, which is an amazing antibacterial cream, which I am generously applying on a fresh Band-Aid several times a day after washing with the iodine. It's sore, but it hasn't spread.

Comment from: Anjanette, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 21

This article about impetigo is very good. I'm a nurse and concerned about the mold problem in one of our low income housing buildings. It's so bad that it’s throughout the apartments. It grows on the furniture; black mold behind the stove; mildew/mold (white) on the carpets in the living room and infants’ bedrooms. The families do their best to keep it clean, however, the particles are still in the fibers of the carpets. An infant got impetigo on her face (I have never seen a rash like this before). The family stated the doctor said it could have been caused from the mold in the carpet...she (the infant) is learning to crawl and rubs her face on carpet. I'm going to the health department tomorrow with pictures I took of the mold to report the environment that housing will not correct.

Comment from: Jim, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 27

I'm 36 and never had impetigo before. I cut myself shaving near the corner of my mouth, and I believe this is how the bacteria entered. Unfortunately, my symptoms flared up on a trip from the United States to Cancun, and I didn't have access to a doctor. I tried treating by washing and applying Neosporin. At first, it seemed to help, but then it got worse. Upon returning to the United States, I got Bactroban cream, and it is clearing up after only three days. My doctor let me know I aggravated the condition by forming an allergic reaction to over-use of Neosporin, which was the first time I knew one could develop an allergy. From now on, I think I'll travel with over-the-counter triple antibiotic cream, just in case something like this happens in the future.

Published: August 27

My 13 year old daughter had a rash for over a month surrounding her nose/nostrils. I initially thought was a mild case of acne and tried every acne product known to man to cure it, before I finally decided it was time to take her to the doctor/dermatologist. When I told her father of my intentions, he revealed that his step-daughter had had impetigo just a few weeks before our daughters symptoms appeared. Upon hearing this, my son said he also had a rash, but on his neck. We immediately began treating with triple antibiotic, within a few days, the rash was gone and her skin was beginning to heal beautifully.

Comment from: mummy, 3-6 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 02

My son now is still having impetigo on his feet and hands although he completed several types of antibiotics and anti-fungal medications prescribed by the doctor during his admission in the hospital for seven days. I am so confused and stressed since he can't walk due to his pain and his skin condition is starting to worsen and get smelly.

Comment from: bethC, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 01

I am 40 and my impetigo started with one sore. I think I might have caught something from one of my friends. Then spread to my face, leg and now chest. I have been using a prescription antibiotic ointment, but it's been 3 months and it just keeps spreading. I am trying juicing and hoping to detox.

Comment from: hody, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 28

In response to the comment about the son who has been trying to get rid of his impetigo for three years, I have had great success with GSE- (Grapefruit Seed Extract)It comes in a spray form or a thick liquid form. It is a natural antibiotic and was the only thing I tried that actually got rid of my daughter's impetigo.

Comment from: 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 08

This article has been very helpful. I had a cracked lip which I thought turned into a cold sore and used Zovirax for a week but it kept getting bigger and spreading and huge blisters formed. I thought the Zovirax had burnt my mouth but after a week of agony, after it spread all over my mouth and chin, I went to the hospital where they diagnosed impetigo or staph. I’m on antibiotics which, I hope will clear it up as the pus runs everywhere and don’t want this spreading to my 2 babies.


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Comment from: marlene, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 15

My daughter had been outside playing around cut wood and trees on a Sunday. The next morning we saw a rash on her chin, by the time she got home from school, it was bigger. Thank god she always asks for Band-Aids. I put ointment and a bandage on it. But still it got bigger like a ring worm. I took her to immediate care and impetigo was a word I never heard of. They gave her 3 days antibiotics (azithromycin) and antibiotic ointment. It has crusted peeled and more bumps appeared, but only on her chin.

Comment from: Female (Caregiver) Published: September 16

I work with children and two of them had been dealing with impetigo. Unfortunately I got impetigo on my face, where I usually get acne breakouts. I treated it with Fucidin, and it was gone in a few days. A couple weeks later, my 6-year-old daughter got a couple spots on the inside of her thigh, likely starting from mosquito bites. We started using Fucidin, but it spread to her arms, feet and other parts of her legs. We were finally perscribed an oral antibiotic, as the impetigo was determined as a blistering form and several water type blisters where forming. We also were sent to a dermatologist who perscribed a triple antibiotic cream for the whole family. To be used twice a day in our noses, groin areas and armpits. This is supposed to stop the infection from travelling. My daughter seems to be healing, although I wonder if she'll have permanent scaring. Last night she came up with a new rash across her thighs and stomach. We're praying it's unrelated!!

Comment from: Anna, Female (Caregiver) Published: December 10

My 5 year old son has had impetigo for 3 years. We can’t seem to get rid of it. He has had short and one long course of antibiotics, foban and batraban on the sores and up the nose. We have also given him probiotics, and tried iceapathic drops and had an allergy test which was all fine.


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