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Impetigo

Impetigo (Photo courtesy of CDC)

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin, of which there are two types: bullous impetigo (which causes large, painless, fluid-filled blisters), and the more common non-bullous impetigo (which accounts for over 70% of cases and causes sores that quickly rupture leaving a yellow-brown crust.) The condition is most common in children, normally occurring between the ages of two and four. However, it can also affect adults, especially if they are living in a confined environment such as an army barracks…or the Big Brother house! Channele Hayes, the Wannabee WAG from BB8, expressed concern in the diary room that the unhygienic conditions in the famous house could lead to an outbreak of impetigo. And even troubled singer Amy Winehouse has reportedly been diagnosed with the condition (maybe she picked it up in the confines of rehab?) A seven-day treatment of antibiotic creams will usually do the trick, but oral antibiotics can also be used if the creams are ineffective.

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Ever since I was 4 I've been getting impetigo, and over 10 years later I'm still getting them! Recently I've come up with one, which is always in the same place; my chin. It's embarrassing and I feel so self conscious, however I've been using Fucidin cream which is bringing it down quickly. I recommend this cream!





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I was born with the bacteria in my system and I have lived with it for 16 years. The look and feeling of it still gets me funny looks and people laugh. It's a horrible bacteria but I recommend a cream from a West Linton pharmacist! It is their own brand and amazing which helps it go down very quickly! I always feel down and upset when I get Impetigo and until it goes I constantly feel like this! I wanted to share because I don't know anyone close that has this.





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Charlotte, I feel your pain as I think I was born with the Impetigo bacteria in my system. It didn't start showing up till I was 16 and now I'm 23 with outbreaks every year normally in May and October, but this time it has moved to a more sensitve area and is affecting my married life. Thank God my wife loves me enough to not get sick over this stuff and I just want to let you know it all goes away with the right cream as you stated, I will respond with the names of them tomorrow as I'm at work and can't remember the LONG names of them.

Hey I've been really run down lately and feel seriously un well. I thought I had thrush at first then got impetigo on my face! Now I have sores on my vagina could this be impetigo also? Plz help





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I've had impetigo at the right corner of my mouth for 7 weeks on and off. I've been prescribed a 7 day course of fluxocillin antibiotics which cleared it but it returned within 2 weeks. I was then given crystacide cream which made it worse and 10 times more painful as it cracked and dried out my skin to the point where I couldn't open my mouth to eat. I then got given another 7 day course of fluxocillin which cleared it up only to have it return within the next 2 weeks. What can I do to finally get rid of this horrible and painful problem?!





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I gave a blowjob to a guy thats has impetigo and he had it on his penis, it looked like pigmentation, he has no soreness, crusts or blisters, just a patch that is lighter colour, is it still very contagious?? And I catch it?? Is there anythin I can do to stop me gettin it before it develops??





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Will hot water from the kettle get ride of impetigo on my face as it keeps coming up now and again and been doctors and allergic to all the creams but have took medication for it and won't go down ?





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My boyfriend has just been diagnosed with impatigo and I've most definitely caught it. However, because I think I've caught through having sex and the crater like blemishs are all around my bum and vagina, I'm really worried it will be more serious, is it ? regards





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You should get checked for HERPES.

I also suffer from impetigo outbreaks. I'm so glad I found this page. Seems like there are allot of people who break out a couple times a year. Mine is always on my nose, but this last time it's going down towards my lip. I have never spread it to anyone. Will try the tree tea oil. Seems like the more I try to keep the crusty stuff off, the faster it heels.





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I had impetigo and like it goes away and comes back on different areas of my body, mostly my legs or breasts and its super embarrassing when I'm with my boyfriend and we're kissing and one plus two equals three and then I usually end up saying I have to go because I don't want to freak him out :/.

Hi don't know if this is the right topic but I have red sores on the head of my penis they are in a cluster of 5-10 please help





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If you're worried why not contact one of our Doctor's? You can call us on: 0121 2248395 or email us today.

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I need help!! :( & answers! Im 15 turning 16 in a month, my skin has been sooo bad this past year i've been hiding in my house for the past 6-7 months(stupid i know) but i hate leaving the house all the sun dpes is expose my acne more and give people a better chance to look at my face. Im so unhappy and depressed & most of all really Lonely :( my face is like a girl on her pierod, one minute its fine and the next its a huge rampage! Like i dont get it i really dont. I drink tons of water my diet is alright but i get tierd of not eating the foods i love and eating heathly foods and STILL breaking out. Ive had impentigo once and it was reallly bad and spreaded allllll over my face and one spot was close to my eye if i would have not gone into the doctors the day i did he said there was a good chance i could have gone blind!!!! Like how did i get this? And im pretty sure its coming back because theres a red bump about and inch about my mouth (beside my nose) and it starts getting oily? And just uncomforable to touch and slowly starts spreading. Im really almost done with life. I dont know how much longer i can take this because on top of that i hate everything aout myself and my boyfriend recently cheated on me. I feel like a million bucks ..





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Hi Hana! Please don't say you are almost done with your life....I promise you your life is going to be beautiful! You have your whole life ahead of you and even though right now it feels like it won't get any better....it will!!!! If your boyfriend cheated on you, that's not your fault, that's his! And you deserve BETTER! YOU WILL FIND BETTER!!!! I don't know you but it saddend me to read your post and although I don't know you I care! Smile hun you have a whole beautiful life in front of you!!!! As far as impetigo, from what I read and have been told, its a fairly common bacterial infection that anyone can get and can be treated with antibiotics or cream. Its not a big deal! So no worries! I will be praying for you and hoping your days get brighter :) Sincerely, Amanda

Have you been to the go about antibiotic lotion that really improves spots it's called zineryt. Push for it especially if spots are effecting self esteem.





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