About Impetigo

Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. It is usually caused by staphylococcal (staph) bacteria, but it can also be caused by streptococcal (strep) bacteria. It is most common in children between the ages of two and six. It usually starts when bacteria get into a break in the skin, such as a cut, scratch, or insect bite.

Symptoms of Impetigo
  • Red or pimple-like sores surrounded by red skin
  • Sores can fill with pus, then break open and form a thick crust
  • Itching
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Top Medications for Impetigo according to our users

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All Medications for Impetigo

  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Augmentin
      (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)
      Prescription only

      Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Erythromycin
      Prescription only

      Ery-Tab (Erythromycin) works well to treat a variety of bacterial infections, but check for drug interactions before taking it.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release tablet
      • Extended release
  • Antibiotic > Cephalosporin

    • Keflex
      Prescription only

      Keflex (Cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, if you are on medications to thin your blood, you can be more likely to bleed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral suspension
  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • Erygel
      Prescription only

      Akne-Mycin (Erythromycin) is a very common acne treatment you apply to the skin that may work better when combined with other topical medicines.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Cream, gel, or ointment
      • Topical solution

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