Nasal Impetigo Treatment

Nasal impetigo is a condition upon which a person contracts impetigo through the tissues in the nasal passage. If you develop nasal impetigo, you will not actually have lesions or an obvious infection in the nasal passages; instead the impetigo will show itself as bulbous blisters in other parts of the body surrounded by red, itchy skin.

People who have nasal impetigo keep getting chronic impetigo outbreaks without any obvious source of infection through a scratch, scrape or other irritation. Instead, the doctor determines the source of the infection by culturing the nasal passage and discovering this is the cause of the problem.

Ask your doctor to test you for nasal impetigo if you experience the following:

  • Chronic impetigo outbreaks
  • Bulbous impetigo, or blisters that form without explanation
  • No obvious cause of the outbreaks
  • Typical honey-colored crusting over broken blisters

Once your doctor has determined you have nasal impetigo, you will need to take action to cure it and to prevent spreading it to others. Your doctor will most likely prescribe the following nasal impetigo treatment:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose or touching your nose
  • Take an oral antibiotic
  • Use a topical antibiotic
  • Do not share clothing, washcloths or towels with others
  • Avoid overcrowded living conditions, if possible
  • Try to stay out of hot, humid environments
  • When applying antibiotics to others who have impetigo, wear disposable gloves and wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after every application
  • Use a hand sanitizer often
  • If applying antibiotic ointment to a crusted over area, dispose of crusts carefully, apply ointment to tissue under crusted areas, and wash all surfaces carefully with soap and water.

Prevent impetigo by:

  • Washing hands frequently
  • Avoiding contact with people with blisters or crusted-over skin
  • Using hand sanitizer
  • Not sharing clothing or intimate objects
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