Frequently Asked Questions
Anyone can get impetigo, but some factors increase someone’s risk of getting this
infection. It is most common in children between the ages of 2 to 5 years. People with
scabies infection are at increased risk for impetigo. Participating in activities where cuts
or scrapes are common can also increase someone’s risk of impetigo.
Close contact with another person with impetigo is the most common risk factor for
illness. Lack of proper hand washing, body washing,
and facial cleanliness can also increase someone’s risk of getting impetigo. Impetigo
occurs more in the hot, humid summer months.
Impetigo is spread person to person through direct contact with drainage from the
blisters. Blisters appear four to 10 days after exposure.
Crowded conditions, such as schools, daycares, or military training facilities can increase the risk of spreading impetigo.
- Topical Hydrogen Peroxide 1% cream (ex: Crystacide 1%) for localised non-bullous impetgo
- Flucloxacillin capsuls/oral solution/oral suspension for the treatment of widespread ballous impetigo
- Clarithromycin tablets/oral suspension/oral solution for the treatment of widespread non-bullous impetigo
- Erythromycin tablets/oral suspension/oral solution for the treatment of widespread non-ballous impetigo
This Pharmacy First Service gives you the option of visiting your local Pharmacy+Health branch and get a consultation from our pharmacist for common conditions. Advice is always free and where necessary they can supply medicines. The NHS prescription charge or patient exemption also applies to medicines supplied through the Pharmacy First Service. Those who are exempt from prescription charges for NHS will receive medication free of charge.