Impetigo: I've got impetigo. What causes it and how... - MY SKIN


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I've got impetigo. What causes it and how best o treat it? I have been to my doctor and he has gven me flucloxacillin and loratadine. How long does it take to clear up?

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Hi whitegates,

My daughter had it as a child twice and as far as i remember it is highly infectious so do follow all doctor recommendations. I cant rember how long it took to fully go away,think that depends on size and other factors. I think my daughters seen improvement after couple days of treatment but obviously longer to be cleared .

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whitegates in reply to Hidden

Thanks for your reply. What puzzles me is that, if it is so infectious, why hasn't my husband got it? We do use separate towels, etc. but I would have thoujght that he would catch it anyway.

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I didnt get it the both times my daughter did. She was very young at the time so i was very hands on.

Turn out it wasn't impetigo - my doctor got it wrong and scared everybody at the local health centre! It was lipodermatosclerosis. What's that?

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