We are proud to offer treatment for impetigo through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, providing accessible and efficient care to our community. Our dedicated team is committed to ensuring you receive the support and treatment needed to manage impetigo effectively. Below, we provide comprehensive information about impetigo, its symptoms, treatment options, natural remedies, potential complications, and how to access treatment at Knights Pharmacy.
What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection. It is particularly prevalent among children but can affect individuals of any age. The infection typically manifests as red sores or blisters on the face, hands, and other exposed areas of the body.
Symptoms of Impetigo
Common symptoms of impetigo include:
- Red sores or blisters
- Fluid-filled lesions that burst and form honey-coloured crusts
- Itching or irritation around the affected area
- Swollen lymph nodes in severe cases
- Fever (occasionally)
Duration of Impetigo
The duration of impetigo can vary depending on the severity of the infection and the effectiveness of treatment. In many cases, symptoms improve within a week of starting treatment, but complete healing may take up to two to three weeks.
Treatment of Impetigo
Treatment for impetigo typically involves antibiotics to eliminate the bacterial infection. Your healthcare provider may prescribe topical antibiotics (such as mupirocin) for mild cases or oral antibiotics (such as flucloxacillin or erythromycin) for more severe infections. It’s essential to complete the full course of antibiotics as prescribed, even if symptoms improve before the medication is finished.
In addition to antibiotics, practising good hygiene is crucial for managing impetigo. Keep the affected areas clean and avoid scratching or picking at the sores to prevent the spread of infection.
Natural Remedies for Impetigo
While antibiotics are the primary treatment for impetigo, several natural remedies can help soothe symptoms and promote healing. These include:
- Honey: Applying honey or manuka honey to the affected area may help inhibit bacterial growth and promote wound healing.
- Tea tree oil: Diluted tea tree oil can be applied topically to help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria.
- Aloe vera: Aloe vera gel can soothe irritated skin and promote healing of impetigo lesions.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before using natural remedies, especially if you’re already undergoing treatment with prescribed medications.
Although impetigo is generally a mild and easily treatable condition, complications can occur, especially if left untreated or if the infection spreads. Potential complications of impetigo include:
- Cellulitis: A deeper skin infection that may require oral antibiotics or hospitalisation.
- Poststreptococcal complications: Rare but serious complications such as acute glomerulonephritis or rheumatic fever may occur, particularly with Streptococcus pyogenes infections.
Prompt diagnosis and treatment are essential to reduce the risk of complications associated with impetigo.
How to Get Treatment at Knights Pharmacy
If you suspect you or your child has impetigo, we encourage you to visit Knights Pharmacy for prompt assessment and treatment. Our pharmacists are trained to provide expert advice and guidance on managing impetigo effectively.
To access treatment through the NHS Pharmacy First Scheme, simply visit our pharmacy and speak to one of our friendly team members. We will assess your symptoms and provide appropriate treatment or refer you to a healthcare professional if necessary. If antibiotics are prescribed, we will ensure you understand how to take them correctly and answer any questions you may have about managing impetigo.
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At Knights Pharmacy, your health and well-being are our top priorities. Trust us to provide compassionate care and effective treatment for impetigo, helping you and your family recover quickly and safely. Contact us to find out more or book an appointment below.