Impetigo - How Long Does It Last?

by Nick
(Denver, CO)

I have impetigo. I've been on oral antibiotics for 3 days and the area is still weeping with fluid. I keep it covered with gauze and tape, but it doesn't seem to want to quit weeping? I apply anti-itch cream to it as well and a little Aquaphor to the bandage so that it won't stick to the skin when I clean the wound. Now I have tiny (pore size) white bumps all around my nose area? Will this ever quit? How can I get rid of this? My friend is telling me that I should let the wound breathe a little, but when I do, I get the large crusted stuff around it and it is bothersome. Do I keep it covered or do I let it breathe?

Nick

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The draw backs of having Impetigo
by: Anonymous

I was horrified to be told that I had Impetigo as generally I think people associate this with uncleanliness. I am extremely careful that I clean my make-up off properly and wash the face carefully and thoroughly. I am even more horrified to learn that it could last 2 weeks. And because it is highly infectious (I have the bulbous type) a lot of my other appointments social and otherwise have had to be cancelled due to the risk of passing on the disease.

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Response To: Impetigo?
by: Nanette From Skin-Remedies.com

Hello,

First, take heart as the body has a great propensity to repair and recover, given the right ingredients. You should first know that Floxicillan is an antibiotic that can be used to treat staph infections but can also cause some side effects of varying severity. These include: diarrhea, nausea, changes in appetite, anxiety, vomiting, a rash or hives, colitis, confusion and jaundice. Without seeing your symptoms, it would be difficult for a professional to determine what your condition is, although one might think it sounds more like perioral dermatitis. I would however, first recommend NOT using Vaseline on your delicate facial skin as this is nothing more than inert, petroleum which will clog your pores and eventually dry your skin out even more as it acts like plastic wrap to your cells. Next, I would highly recommend the following natural, gentle yet extremely thorough regimen to help your skin recover.

Begin by using our FACE & BODY MOISTURIZING WASH to cleanse with. This is a hypo-allergenic wash with anti-bacterial properties that will begin repairing your facial skin. Further, it will add much needed moisture to your skin which is so necessary in the repair process. Note that so many commercial soaps on the market today actually strip away the natural PH of the skin and deplete it of its natural moisture levels. This only exacerbates the problem!

Next, apply our FACE & NECK THERACREAM to the affected areas twice daily (morning and evening being the best times). This gentle formula quickly penetrates the 7 layers of skin and begins to unpack the dry, damaged cells lifting them to the surface while filling the cells below with much needed moisture. It will help to relieve any inflammation as your skin is restored.

Follow these steps and please keep me posted on your progress.

Warm Regards,
Nanette

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Impetigo?
by: Anonymous

Hello.

I've recently had a break out of red spot-like things around my mouth and under my nose.
Before that I had a cold-sore looking thing in the corner of my mouth. However, as I, in my 22 years had never had a cold sore, presumed it was merely dry skin so applied Vaseline ALL around my mouth and the skin surrounding it.

I have been to my local general practitioner, who suggested it may in fact be impetigo. He's prescribed me Fluoxicillian (forgive spelling of that antibiotic if slightly off)
I have been taking these tablets for 5 days. It doesn't seem to be removing these under-skin looking red spots though?

I'm fearing scarring etc. What can I use to help ensure scarring will not occur? I'm dubious as to what I actually have as I don't have blisters as such?

Please help me. My general practitioner is being very uninformative/unhelpful. I'm so upset about this and unbelievably scared that I'm going to be marked for life. Also, with impetigo- do you always have the dry skin/blisters/redness constantly? Or does it come and go?
Many thanks. Eager for your reply!

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Response To: Impetigo
by: Nanette From Skin-Remedies.com

Hello,

Your impetigo has manifested itself way too long and should have cleared up in two to three weeks. For our website views, I will say that impetigo is generally caused by one of two bacteria: staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus. There are two types of this condition: bullous (large blisters) and non-bullous (crusted). The non-bullous or crusted form is most common. This is usually caused by staphylococcus aureus but can also be caused by infection with group A streptococcus.

You mentioned 3 prescriptions you have used. Mupirocin is used as a topical treatment for bacterial skin infections, for example, furuncle, impetigo, open wounds, etc. Gentamicin sulfate is a broad-spectrum antibiotic derived from an actinomycete used in the treatment of various infections. Accutane is used to treat severe nodular acne. You should know that Accutane causes serious permanent side effects!! These include: causes growth plates to fuse (it stops bone growth in prepubescent and adolescents!), causes permanent vision problems, causes hair to fall out causing baldness long after you've stopped taking it, can cause serious cases of arthritis long after you stop using Accutane, causes permanent liver damage and Accutane can cause serious birth defects long after you've stopped taking it. All of these side effects are admitted by the manufacture. They know Accutane is dangerous!!

Here is what I highly recommend:
Wash the affected area with our FACE & BODY WASH which is a hypo-allergenic and gentle wash which contains absolutely no chemicals or ingredients that can be toxic to the skin. Effective and deep down cleansing is important especially in a contagious skin condition. Then apply our FACE & NECK THERACREAM which is a rich and natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial cream that will help repair and restore the skin. It will also provide anti-itch properties and add a layer of protection again environmental influences. All of our products contain the very important ingredient, urea. In clinical studies, urea has been proven to heal serious wounds quickly and without any scarring. Further studies have shown tremendous anti-bacterial and anti-septic qualities which is critical in preventing skin infections.

Internally: To build the body systems, our GREEN POWERHOUSE provides the body with the widest array of vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed by the body to repair and replenish it and further causes lactobacilli, the good bacteria to multiply. This formula contains the highest amount of chlorophyll which further cleanses every cell as well as promotes healthy cell growth, functionality and development.

Please keep me posted on your progress.

Warm Regards,
Nanette

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impetigo
by: Anonymous

At the end of May last year I had a little crusty spot in between my eyebrows. I picked at it, not knowing what it was. By mid-June it had spread to all up and down my cheeks and above my lip. I went to the derm and he said it was just dry skin. I went back towards the end of July at the height of its severity and the new Derm said it was impetigo. He gave me some (I know this isnt spelled right) muproxin, and after about 5 days it pretty much went away.

I started Accutane Aug 11th, and it almost immediately came back. After dealing with a mounting break out, the breakout, and then coming off the breakout in the exact same fashion every month, I asked for a new ointment in November. Now I have been using (once again spelling) gentamicin sulfate. But with the same effect, theres never really a time there is not some impetigo-caused noticeable marking on my cheeks or above my lips.

The Derm said it was coincidence that I was exposed to impetigo and then went on Accutane, and because Accutane dries out your skin he kind of eluded that I would have to deal with it the whole time. I have not taken Accutane since Dec 20th, and am getting a impetigo breakout right now.

Is the Accutane still in my system drying out my skin? Am I going to have to deal with constant breakouts my whole life? How can I get them to stop, as they are so noticeable...

Note, with the docs approval, I have almost been constantly using one of the two ointments, at least twice a day and 3 times during the breakout, and up my nose as he said thats where the drainage is. The breakouts seem to be concentrated above my lip though.

I think its the crust kind, as it starts getting rid, then crusts over yellow, then back to red. Itchy the whole time.

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Response To Help, I Think Impetigo Has Scarred Me!!!
by: Nanette From Skin-Remedies.com

Hello,

First, from what you are telling me, you are still using the Fucidin cream. For our website viewers, let me say that the drug, Fusidic acid, is a bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor that prevents the turnover of elongation factor G (EF-G) from the ribosome. Fusidic acid is only effective on gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus species and Corynebacterium species and acts to inhibit bacterial replication but does not kill the bacteria, and is therefore termed "bacteriostatic".

Unfortunately, without the proper health building ingredients to assist the healing of the skin, the blisters or pustules associated with this condition called impetigo, can very well leave a scar or mark. The two products I highly recommend for your facial skin that will help to bring your skin back to a much healthier state are our FACE & BODY WASH and our FACE & NECK THERACREAM. These two products have anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties as well as will stop the itching that accompanies this condition. They are filled with the necessary health building vitamins, herbs and other nutrients that your skin will respond to in order to repair and restore the texture, tone and bring balance 7 layers deep.

Please keep me posted on your progress.

Warm Regards,
Nanette

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Help, I Think Impetigo Has Scarred Me!!!
by: Anonymous

Hi,

My General Practionor diagnosed me with impetigo about 10 weeks ago and I think it has left a scar. It is on my face on my right cheek, and is very noticeable. My doctor prescribed Fucidin and said that it wouldn't leave a scar, but I think it has. I'm still using the cream, as he told me to continue with, and that eventually the mark will fade.

Please can you help??

Regards

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Response To Impetigo - How Long Does It Last?
by: Nanette from Skin-Remedies.com

Hi Nick,

You are correct in that impetigo can have very bothersome symptoms. For our website views, I will say that impetigo is generally caused by one of two bacteria: staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus. There are two types of this condition: bullous (large blisters) and non-bullous (crusted). The non-bullous or crusted form is most common. This is usually caused by staphylococcus aureus but can also be caused by infection with group A streptococcus.

Non-bullous begins as tiny blisters. These blisters eventually burst and leave small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid. Gradually, a tan or yellowish-brown crust covers the affected area, making it look like it has been coated with honey or brown sugar.

Bullous symptoms are nearly always caused by staphylococcus aureus, which triggers larger fluid-containing blisters that appear clear, then cloudy. These blisters are more likely to stay intact longer on the skin without bursting. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary for some individuals.

Although impetigo usually clears up on its own in two to three weeks, it is best to do the following to facilitate the healing process. My strong recommendation in caring for this condition includes gently washing the areas of infected skin every day with our FACE & BODY WASH which is hypo-allergenic and will provide anti-bacterial protection. Be sure to use a clean gauze and soak any areas of crusted skin in the warm soapy water to help remove the layers of crust (it is not necessary to completely remove all of it).

Then apply our HAND & BODY THERACREAM which is a rich and natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial cream that will help repair and restore the skin. It will also provide anti-itch properties and add a layer of protection again environmental influences. Filled with rich nutrients this cream penetrates the 7 layers of skin and will prevent any possibility of scarring from the blisters.

As far as covering the affected area, there are several reasons for doing this. Covering helps prevent your touching the wounds and affecting any other part of your body or even passing this highly contagious condition onto someone else. Covering also allows for any weeping to be contained within the gauze or bandaide used. It can also prevent irritation to the infected areas from environmental pollutants and such. I feel that if you are going to be around other people, that it would be best to cover the wounds or blisters and if alone in your home, for instance, then simply allow the area to breathe unless seeping happens to be extreme.

Please keep me posted on your progress Nick and be sure to contact me with any other questions you may have.

Warm Regards,
Nanette


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Skin Condition ?

My husband has had a skin condition for over 20 years and seen many doctors, none of which can tell him what he has. If his chest or neck gets scratched or his skin rubbed off it develops into what looks like a blistering wound that grows and oozes yellow puss. He has ended up with a staph and strep infection two times in 6 months. We have drastically changed his diet the past few years, but when his skin is really bad he ends up with a prescription steroid cream. I just read today about the dangers of these creams. This go round he has taken goldenseal and oregan grape root to prevent infection and applied a salve with myrrh and goldenseal, yet it would not heal, hence he ended up with the cream. These places on his skin can grow to as big as his hand and when he moves his skin cracks and bleeds, it looks very painful and as a highway patrolman he has to wear a bullet proof vest which causes heat buildup. Do you think any of the creams you recommend would help? His condition is not dry skin, but oozing wounds that will not heal, that either come up on their own or when he gets scratched or bumped and his skin rubs off. Also, today he noticed bumps under his skin on his fingers that he sometimes gets, they are tender. What could that be? We feel after reading the article about steroids creams and the rebound effect that another break out is likely to occur soon. We really desire to get out of the cycle and only use natural things and see his skin heal. I am sorry this is so long, but I really long for some advice and direction. Thank you for any response you could give.

Thank you,
Hope

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by: Nanette From Skin-Remedies.com

Hello Hope,

First, please do not feel the need to apologize for a letter of any length as I am here to help! I also commend you both for turning to natural remedies to resolve your husband's condition. Although I can't be sure without certain tests, it sounds as though your husband may have an ongoing case of bacterial infection such as impetigo.

Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that usually produces blisters or sores. Impetigo is generally caused by one of two bacteria: staphylococcus aureus or group A streptococcus. You mentioned that your husband has had a staph and a strep infection several times in the last 6 months. Most medical doctors will prescribe stronger and stronger antibiotics and steroids to try to destroy the bacteria but this only causes the bacteria to become more "resistant". Further, the side effects of steroid use are many and include: thinning and discoloration of the skin, easy bruising, permanent dilation of certain blood vessels, burn marks on skin, liver and kidney damage and a weakened immune system. Not only this, but steroid use almost always produces a "rebound effect" of the very symptoms you are trying to get rid of!

Since your husband's condition seems to be systemic, I am going to give you both external and internal recommendations.

Externally: Wash the affected area with our FACE & BODY WASH which is a hypo-allergenic and gentle wash which contains absolutely no chemicals or ingredients that can be toxic to the skin. Effective and deep down cleansing is important especially in a contagious skin condition. Then apply our MY DAUGHTER'S HAND & BODY THERACREAM which is a rich and natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial cream that will help repair and restore the skin. It will also provide anti-itch properties and add a layer of protection again environmental influences. All of our products contain the very important ingredient, urea. In clinical studies, urea has been proven to heal serious wounds quickly and without any scarring. Further studies have shown tremendous anti-bacterial and anti-septic qualities which is critical in preventing skin infections.

Internally: To cleanse the bowels, our INTESTINAL BOWEL CLEANSER effectively removes impacted waste matter and toxic build up as well as assist in cleansing the liver and kidneys. This will greatly help to reduce bacteria growth as well as build and strengthen the immune system. To build the body systems, our GREEN POWERHOUSE provides the body with the widest array of vitamins, minerals and enzymes needed by the body to repair and replenish it and further causes lactobacilli, the good bacteria to multiply. This formula contains the highest amount of chlorophyll which further cleanses every cell as well as promotes healthy cell growth, functionality and development.

Please keep me posted on your husband's progress Hope and be sure to contact me with any further questions you may have.

Warm Regards,
Nanette

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Facial Warts --- Aldara 5 % (imiquimod)

Hi There,

My child was prescribed Aldara for facial warts. Impetigo seemed to develop in areas and the doctor then prescribed Fucidin H. Areas of redness have never subsided on his chin and cheeks. In his entire life (until a few small warts appeared--hpv) he had never even had sensitive skin. Now we are struggling to keep redness in the same patches under control, without any success. We live in Canada and the weather has been extreme, which seems to exacerbate the problem now. We do not use any Aldara anymore, and never will again. He doesn't have any more open sores on his face anymore but we need help to make it appear healthy like it used to be. Thanks so much.

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Response To: Facial Warts --- Aldara 5 % (imiquimod)
by: Nanette From Skin-Remedies.com

Hello,

You mentioned using Aldara on your child who then seemed to develop impetigo in some areas. You should know that this drug has a number of possible side effects which include: redness, swelling, itching, burning, pain or tenderness, thickening or hardening of the skin, peeling, flaking, scabbing, crusting, or leaking a clear fluid, bleeding, formation of sores, blisters, or ulcers. Also, changes in skin color may occur.
You also mentioned using Fucidin H cream which contains two active ingredients, hydrocortisone acetate and fusidic acid. Hydrocortisone acetate is a drug known as a corticosteroid or steroid. Steroids produce dangerous side effects which include: thinning and discoloration of the skin, easy bruising, permanent dilation of certain blood vessels, burn marks on skin, itchiness, perioral dermatitis, liver and kidney damage and a weakened immune system. Not only this, but steroid use almost always produces a "rebound effect" of the very symptoms you are trying to get rid of!

Understandably, the extreme weather you have been having in Canada can exacerbate your child's condition. I will recommend the following to help restore and repair your son's skin.

First use our FACE & BODY MOISTURIZING WASH which is a "non-soap" cleanser and provides a gentle but thorough anti bacterial cleansing but does not strip the skin of it's natural PH. It will begin the repair process deep down that your son's skin needs. Next for all over body use, apply our FACE & NECK THERACREAM, twice daily. This creams has the capability to penetrate the 7 layers of skin and unpack damaged cells, and supply moisture and nutrients to repair and rebuild healthy, balanced skin. Remember, the body responds to health building ingredients!

Please keep me posted on your son's progress.

Warm Regards,
Nanette

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