Impetigo (school sores)
Impetigo (im-pet-eye-go) is an infection of the skin caused by bacteria. It is often called school sores because it is common among school children. Impetigo causes sores on the skin, which are usually itchy. The sores may start out as blisters that burst and become weepy, before being covered with a crust.
Impetigo is not usually a serious infection, and should clear up a few days after starting medical treatment. Children with impetigo are very infectious (contagious), but the spread of impetigo can be reduced by practising good hygiene, covering the sores with dressings and keeping your child away from other children until they are no longer infectious.
Signs and symptoms of impetigo
- The sores can be anywhere on the body, but are often on the face near the mouth and nose, or on the arms and legs.
- Impetigo may start with a blister or a group of blisters.
- The blister bursts leaving a patch of red, wet, weepy skin.
- The sore usually becomes coated with a tan or yellowish crust, making it look like it has been covered with honey.
- There can be small spots around the first sores, spreading outwards.
- There is often superficial peeling on the edge of the sore.
- Impetigo is usually itchy.
Parents sometimes worry about impetigo because it can look quite serious, but it is usually a mild infection that is easy to treat.
When to see a doctor
If your child has signs and symptoms of impetigo, take them to see a GP. The doctor will make sure the sores are impetigo.
Treatment for impetigo
Your doctor may prescribe antibiotic medicine in the form of a cream, ointment, tablets or syrup. Give these to your child as directed, and make sure you complete the course of antibiotics.
If your child gets impetigo repeatedly your doctor may do a nose swab to test for bacteria in the nose. Your child may need antibiotics, which are delivered into the nose, to prevent further instances of impetigo.
Reducing the spread of impetigo
The following strategies may help reduce the chances of your child catching impetigo from another child, or reduce spread of impetigo if your child has it.
- A daily bath or shower with soap and water may reduce the risk of impetigo. Antiseptic soaps can be used, but these may irritate the skin of some people.
- Encourage your child to practise good hygiene, including regular hand washing and throwing away used tissues. Cut your child's fingernails short and keep them clean.
- Make sure that grazes or cuts are thoroughly washed. If your child is scratching a sore, cover it with a watertight dressing.
- People coming in contact with someone with impetigo need to wash their hands regularly.
- Put all dressings from impetigo sores in a bin with a lid as soon as they are taken off.
- If your child has impetigo, wash their clothes, towels and bed linen separately from the rest of the family. Wash them in hot water and dry in the sunshine or a hot tumble dryer. Toys can be washed using a mild disinfectant.
Key points to remember
- Impetigo is very infectious and can be easily spread to other children.
- Try to prevent your child scratching the sores as much as possible. Cover the sores with a watertight dressing and cut your child's fingernails.
- It is important to remove the scabs from the sores.
- Complete all courses of antibiotics as prescribed and continue treatment with creams or ointments until all sores are healed.
- Your child can go back to child care, kindergarten or school after 24 hours of treatment and when the sores are completely covered with dressings.
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