Skin conditions

Impetigo

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
  • Usually on face, arms, or legs

Top Medications for Impetigo according to our users

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All Medications for Impetigo

  • Altabax
    (retapamulin)
    Prescription only

    Works well to treat skin infections but is more expensive than alternatives.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Ointment
  • Bactroban
    (mupirocin)
    Prescription only

    Compared to over-the-counter first aid topical antibiotics, Bactroban (mupirocin) can kill a larger variety of bacteria and is a good alternative if you're allergic to certain ingredients in OTC products.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Cream
    • Ointment
  • Ceftin
    (cefuroxime axetil)
    Prescription only

    Ceftin (cefuroxime axetil) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but be sure to take the full course without stopping so that the medication can work.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral suspension
    • Injection
  • Erygel
    (erythromycin)
    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
  • 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
  • Augmentin
    (amoxicillin / clavulanate)
    Prescription only

    Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Extended release
    • Liquid

Medication side effects for Impetigo

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for Burning.

  • Bactroban: 4%
  • Erygel: 25%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Burning

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Burning

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