WHAT IS IT?
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection.
HOW DO I KNOW SOMEONE HAS IT?
Impetigo commonly affects the face particularly around the nose and mouth with initial redness which can develop into weeping spots and then crusts. Young children are more likely to get impetigo and they become quite miserable, irritable and feverish and have difficulty in feeding. The spots will heal up without scarring.
IS IT INFECTIOUS?
Yes. It is mainly infectious whilst the septic spots are discharging pus. It is spread by direct contact with the skin of the infected person and by sharing towels etc. Transmission can be prevented by frequent hand washing.
WHAT IS THE INCUBATION PEROID?
Usually between 4 and 10 days.
IS THERE ANY TREATMENT?
Yes. Antibiotic cream can be helpful in many cases. Please contact your child´s pediatrician or the school doctor.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF SOMEONE HAS THE ILLNESS?
There is no need to cover the infected area – leave it open to the air. As with any childhood illness, children should be given frequent fluids and if they are miserable or feverish, liquid paracetamol in the recommended doses. Remember to wash your hands frequently when you are dealing with an infected child.
HOW SOON CAN SOMEONE RETURN TO SCHOOL
Once the spots are healing up and the child is feeling well.