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Impetigo Treatment

Impetigo is a common and highly contagious skin infection in children. At MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville, GA, we specialize in the treatment of pediatric skin conditions, including impetigo. Our experienced dermatology team, led by Dr. Matthew Reschly, is committed to providing effective, compassionate care to alleviate the symptoms of impetigo and prevent its spread.

What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is particularly common among children. It is known for its highly contagious nature and can spread quickly in households, schools, and childcare environments.

Symptoms of Impetigo

The early identification of impetigo symptoms is crucial for prompt and effective treatment. Common symptoms include:

  • Red sores that quickly rupture, ooze for a few days, and then form a yellowish-brown crust
  • Itching and discomfort
  • Swollen lymph nodes near the infected area
  • In severe cases, fever and general discomfort

These sores commonly appear around the mouth and nose but can spread to other parts of the body.

Causes of Impetigo in Children

Impetigo is primarily caused by two types of bacteria: Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. Factors that contribute to the spread of impetigo include:

  • Direct skin-to-skin contact with an infected person
  • Contact with items (like toys, towels, or bedding) used by an infected person
  • Injuries to the skin, like cuts, scrapes, or insect bites, that allow bacteria to enter
  • Crowded living conditions
  • Warm, humid environments

Impetigo Treatment at MJR Dermatology

Our treatment approach for impetigo focuses on eliminating the infection and relieving symptoms. Treatment options may include:

  • Topical Antibiotics: Applied directly to the sores to kill the bacteria.
  • Oral Antibiotics: Prescribed in more severe cases or when the infection has spread.
  • Good Hygiene Practices: Regular washing of the affected area, keeping nails short to prevent scratching, and avoiding sharing personal items.
  • Isolation Measures: To prevent the spread of infection, especially in group settings.

Preventing Pediatric Impetigo

Prevention is a crucial component of managing impetigo. Our team provides advice on preventative measures, including:

  • Maintaining good personal hygiene
  • Keeping skin clean and dry
  • Avoiding close contact with those infected
  • Regular handwashing
  • Keeping children with impetigo home from school or daycare until non-contagious

Schedule Your Child’s Impetigo Treatment in Lawrenceville

If your child is showing signs of impetigo, prompt treatment is essential. Contact MJR Dermatology in Lawrenceville to schedule an appointment. Our dedicated team is here to provide effective, compassionate care, ensuring your child’s quick recovery and comfort.

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Matthew J. Reschly, M.D., PC


2000 Riverside Pkwy, Suite 100
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Located on the lower Courtyard Level

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