Impetigo treatment is easily explained to a patient by the attending physician, once the diagnosis is set. The treatment of impetigo is specialized, based both on what type of bacterium has caused the outbreak (Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes are usually to blame), on the form of impetigo that the patients suffers from (bullous impetigo or non - bullous impetigo) or on the severity of the condition.
There are several things that need to be taken into account when prescribing the best impetigo treatment scheme (if you want to be more familiar with how this scheme is like, you should look at these impetigo treatment pictures), including the three main criteria described above. So, in order of importance, here are the main reasons for an impetigo treatment to be applied or not:
Impetigo treatment pictures
- The severity of the condition: this should not come as a surprise to anyone. The more severe the condition, the more important it is that the dermatologist prescribe the right impetigo treatment, in the right dosage and the right form. Thus, if the impetigo is only recently installed, the only treatment recommended, usually, is hygiene. Yes, it is true. Washing the area with antibacterial soap and then with baby soap will kill the bacteria and hydrate the infected zone. However, if the condition is in its more advanced stages and the hygiene only helps, but does not cure, some sort of topical antibiotic can work miracles. If even that does not help, then an oral antibiotic should do the trick. In the end, if the condition persists, maybe you should change dermatologists.
- The type of the bacterium: well, it is obvious that whatever kills Staphylococcus aureus might not kill Streptococcus pyogenes and vice versa. There are some antibiotics that will have an effect on both of these bacteria. This does not leave your dermatologist with any other choice than to do a microbiological test, so as to determine which of the two bacteria is to blame. When the test results are back and the culprit is found, the impetigo treatment may begin. However, do not get your hopes up about any sort of medicine working from one day to the other. Both of these bacteria are known for being highly resistant to antibiotic and it might take a while for the impetigo treatment to fully work.
- The type of impetigo: while it is hard to picture the difference between the bullous and non - bullous types of impetigo, especially in the second phase of the bullous form, when the sacks with liquid are gone and all that is left are small, red dots, the treatment is somewhat distinct. For example, you can apply a topical cream on the non - bullous impetigo dots, but it would be best if you do not even touch the liquid - filled sacks of the bullous form. Thus, a topical antibiotic is not recommended in the case of first phase bullous impetigo. Cleanliness and exposing the sacks to sun light should get them to rupture on their own and turn into more manageable dots.
- The patients' state of health: if the patient is suffering from any other kind of diseases, the impetigo might be just a symptom or an effect of those illnesses. Also, keep in mind that the impetigo treatment might interfere with other medication the sufferer is on, thus leading to some unexpected side effects.