Impetigo In Adults Vs In Children Differences

Impetigo In Adults

Impetigo in adults is far less common than impetigo in children. Impetigo in adults and children alike is caused by either staph or strep bacteria. If the skin is irritated or injured, these bacteria can take up residence causing the infection known as impetigo. Impetigo symptoms include red skin sores. These sores break open and fluid oozes out. Next, a crust that is yellowish brown is formed on the sore.

Impetigo is characterized by sores that begin as little red areas that grow into blisters. Sores can vary in size. If a child’s nose is irritated from a cold, the child may develop nasal impetigo. In fact, the most common site for impetigo is around the mouth and nose. It is possible for impetigo to develop on other parts of the body as well.

Impetigo in adults and children is contagious. People with impetigo should not share towels, washcloths, clothing, sheets, toys or anything that comes in contact with their impetigo sores. These items should be washed in very hot water to kill any remaining bacteria.

Since impetigo is caused by bacteria, it can be cured with antibiotics. Impetigo in adults is treated the same way as impetigo in children. If the case is mild, prescription antibiotic cream or ointment may do the trick. If the infection is more severe, oral antibiotics may also be prescribed. Expect improvement within 3 days, but follow the doctor’s instructions for the length of time the medicine should be administered. 24 hours after treatment, a child should be able to return to school. In a week, healing will occur with most sores.

While furuncles or boils may seem similar to impetigo because of the oozing, they are not the same thing. In general furuncle treatment is to wait and let the boil run its course. In some cases, a physician may lance it.