Nasal Impetigo Treatment Options

Nasal Impetigo

When people get sick, one of the most common symptoms is a runny nose. When your nasal drippings proceed southward, they can irritate the sensitive skin below. This can be a perfect recipe for concocting nasal impetigo, a very contagious bacterial infection. Skin infections are not uncommon and neither is impetigo. Consider folliculitis or furuncle treatment, both very common and similar in nature to impetigo, however still very different conditions. Nasal impetigo presents as lesions, blisters or a rash around the openings of the nose and be quite uncomfortable. However, with proper treatment, management of impetigo in adults and children is quite easy.

For a very mild case, you can consider home care. This may be appropriate for small sores, or when you have identified impetigo symptoms very early on. You will want to keep your nails shortly trimmed to help prevent spreading the condition to those around you, or to other areas of your skin. You will also want to frequently clean the affected area, preferably with an antibacterial soap. Nasal impetigo is a bit harder to care for than just random patches of skin, so be careful not to be invading your nasal cavity with soapy water. Applying a mix of half and half water and hydrogen peroxide to the area, waiting 2 minutes and then rinsing may also prove effective, however again, be aware that you do not want to get the mixture all up in your nose, or anywhere near your eyes. Consider applying with the end of a washcloth or other controllable method so that you can apply only where you want to. You can try an over the counter ointment that is antibacterial by applying it according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A hot washcloth applied for about ten minutes may provide symptom relief and may increase blood flow to the affected area, which may provide your body with a little extra boost to help fight off the infection.

If your impetigo symptoms are severe, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your health care provider. He or she may want to consider strep or staph infection treatment options such as various medicated creams like Bactroban, particularly if you are not able to get your symptoms under control on your own. Should this course of treatment fail, he or she may want to consider oral antibiotics to treat your nasal impetigo. One of the most important things to remember when treating nasal impetigo is how contagious it is. You will need to take proper precautions to help prevent the spread of the infection to those around you. Frequent hand washing and avoiding touching the affected areas (even when it’s itchy!) will help prevent cross contamination in your household. For prevention of future recurrences, promptly treat chapped lips and noses with Vaseline or other similar products. Because nasal impetigo is commonly caused by bacteria invading broken skin, it’s important, especially in cold climates, to keep chapped areas lubricated and unbroken.