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Impetigo Prevention

Prevention

Prevention of impetigo involves good personal hygiene. The following tips can help:

  • Bathe daily with soap and water.
  • Wash your face, hands, and hair regularly.
  • If caring for someone with impetigo, be sure to wash your hands after each time you touch the person.
  • Do not share towels, clothes, or sheets. This is more important with a person who has impetigo.
  • Keep fingernails short and clean.
  • Change and wash clothing frequently.
  • Do not let your children play or have close contact with someone who may have impetigo.
  • Promptly wash wounds, such as cuts, scratches, or insect bites, with soap and water. Consider applying a small amount of antibiotic ointment, and cover the wound with a bandage.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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