Patient Comments: Impetigo - Treatment


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Comment from: IveHadItToo, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 05

Lots of steroid use and ineffective antibiotics were prescribed for my impetigo. Chlorine bleach bath definitely works; also a non-public swimming pool or hot tub will suffice, provided the water is properly maintained. Use vinegar baths, any kind of vinegar. Use hottest water temperature tolerable, soak for 30 minutes at minimum. Adding pink Himalayan salt, sea salt or iodine (being mindful of iodine staining to some surfaces) is a plus. Treatment with compress of tee tree oil and vinegar with pink salt mix helps. Add white vinegar to laundry rinse.

Comment from: MsElaineious, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05

I am on doxycycline and the 2 percent mupirocin cream for impetigo. I don't like the cream, because when applied, it becomes an oozing yellow mess. I have this, I guess, every year. The last time it lasted for 6 months! Mine is on the right side of my mouth. I was kind of seeing someone but this changes everything; I turn into a ghost and don't want to see anyone. I cannot imagine having to wear a mask over it. I am sure I would look better! I hate that, once again it is back. Why me; why anyone!

Comment from: ImpetigoSucks, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 21

I currently have impetigo and it’s been awful. Before my impetigo, my areas were 2nd degree burns that were healing. It didn’t take them long to get infected. During the COVID-19 shut down in my area I was forced to deal with treatment through an online dermatology website. I sent in my pictures and they gave me treatments for my burns and impetigo spots. Doxycycline was my impetigo treatment. It worked but because my burns hadn’t healed, it came back. The online doctors refuse to treat it again.

Comment from: Cait23, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 08

I had a huge pimple since Tuesday. On Sunday the impetigo came out to play. Doctors were all closed so I hit it with a paste made from about a tablespoon of turmeric, two drops of pure tea tree oil and some water. Every 2 hours or so I cleaned the wound with apple cider vinegar or salt water, ran the sore under hot water for 1 minute and then blow dried it on hot from about 30 cm away for 1 minute to dry out the sores before reapplying paste. It’s Tuesday and almost all clear!

Comment from: Mish5416, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 09

I have a prescription for Bactrim twice daily until impetigo is gone and bacitracin ointment to apply to the areas 3 times a day. There is an open sore on the top of my nose, infected and won't heal. I am worried because I was picking at it there and my whole nose, mouth and neck are infected. I'm 60, and diabetic. I am drinking lots if water and use Hibiclens to wash face. It's been red and looks awful!

Comment from: Trina , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 26

I used peroxide diluted with warm water and mupirocin, and it worked like a charm for my impetigo. I started to see results the same day. I did that 3 time a day. I used the peroxide diluted with water, let it dry, once it dried I would cover it with the antibiotic ointment and go on with my day. I tried to stay in the house as much as possible so I didn’t have to cover with a bandage so I can let it air out. The peroxide stings for a couple seconds then stops. You can actually see the peroxide bubbling when you put it on.

Comment from: kendra, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

My son and daughter had impetigo 3 times this summer. It started with my daughter in the spring with dry hands and eczema infection. It cleared with triple antibiotic cream. When my son got it a few weeks later, it was on his ankle, and quickly spread to his nostrils and eye lid. Antibiotics and Bactroban and healed it quickly. It came back twice the same way and last two times my daughter also got it in her nostrils. I finally discovered 10 days Bactroban versus quitting after healing was the key to stop it from returning.

Comment from: Slb, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I was given Bactroban and doxycycline for my impetigo.

Comment from: Momof3, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 29

Polysporin, Hibiclens, white bandages that kill bacteria and amoxicillin were my treatment for impetigo. It got worse before I saw improvement and now it’s clearing up and has not spread. Luckily it was contained to the thigh. Both daughters caught it on some level but I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. It spreads so quickly and hit us out of nowhere!

Comment from: Ymoll, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 26

On May 31, 2018 I was taken to the hospital by ambulance, with double vision and dropped left eye lid, after working 22 days straight. Never would I have believed by that evening I would have had brain surgery for an aneurysm. I have never been sick before. I woke up to a catheter in my brain and 27 staples across my forehead and IVs’ and pain. It is now July 25th. If not for the scar I feel great. Except I get frustrated very easily and I'm getting a slight bulge over left eye. I am getting concerned. And I still have a numb scalp.


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Comment from: Allya, 7-12 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 02

My son got impetigo from school; it went around to his class. It started as a pimple on his chin. It got crusty. We tried home remedies. Nothing worked. After two months of spreading on his chin we got prescription mupirocin ointment. With daily use it clears up over a couple months.

Comment from: Army Medic, 25-34 Male (Caregiver) Published: February 24

Bactroban applied three times a day was the treatment for my impetigo.

Comment from: bull8807, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 31

I am an adult and this is my first bout of impetigo. I work in a medical clinic so most likely I picked it up there; I did get a cut on my finger at work a few days before I started showing symptoms. I waited a week to seek treatment because I originally thought I was having some kind of allergic reaction. By the time I did go to urgent care, I had a rash of small red spots all over my arms (shoulder to fingertips) and legs (hips to toes) plus on my trunk (front and back, plus chest). I also had blisters that looked similar to acne below my nose spreading to my cheeks and chin. Since the infection had spread so much already, I was immediately given a prednisone injection and prescribed topical steroid cream (for itching on my body) and antibiotic gel (for my face), plus an oral antibiotic (clindamycin because I was on vacation in a sunny place and I'm allergic to penicillin and sulfa drugs). I was also given a high dose course of prednisone to take for a week, slowly tapering from 6 pills a day to 1 pill a day. I'm glad the urgent care doctor decided to bring out the big guns right away. Hopefully this will totally wipe out the infection.

Comment from: Sandra, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 21

For impetigo, eczema, boils, bacterial skin problems I have used a diluted bleach bath (about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of Clorox bleach) to bath water. Do this 2 or 3 times per week. My brother had crusting, cracking elbows and used a bleach bath twice and it was cured (whereas the prescribed cream did not work). My grandson has had impetigo and boils and though he says he hates the after-smell of bleach (temporary) the bleach bath worked almost immediately while the prescribed creams did not. It is not harmful when used for bacterial skin problems. Not sure why health/medical professionals won't give it a try. It works.

Comment from: Breeezy08, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: April 21

Unfortunately I"ve suffered from impetigo for years! Frequently on my nose, even sometimes below it; it"s so embarrassing. I"ve found that using a hot washcloth and soap works well, then I put peppermint extract on it to dry it out, and repeat this a few times daily till it looks better. If it gets too dry I lessen the amount and apply lotion. Works wonders!

Comment from: Maggie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 17

I have psoriasis and get a quarterly shot of Stelara, which makes my immune system very weak. Last week I started feeling a tingling sensation in a psoriasis patch at the side of my nose, tried everything for a week, and this past Friday I went to my dermatologist and she said it"s impetigo. I"ve never had this before and she thinks I got it from swimming at a local pool! Ugh, it"s on my upper lip and under one eye. My doctor gave me Keflex antibiotics and Valtrex and Bactroban ointment, mine doesn"t itch at all, and it’s been so painful! And my whole upper lip is stiff, it"s a mess. I think it"s slightly getting better, I"m on day 4 of the medicines. She also gave me lidocaine viscous gel for the pain. It"s so depressing! I hope it goes away soon.

Comment from: Beachbrat, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I had a large sized sore on the side of my nose, diagnosed as impetigo. The antibiotic treatment did not fix it. Because it itched terribly, I decided to try lavender oil and calendula cream on it. I applied them with a cotton swab and a few days later it cleared up. Now if I have a flare up, I just grab the lavender oil right away and it"s gone overnight.

Comment from: mom2jokay, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I began getting impetigo when I was five years old. Back then, my parents were instructed to wash my face with a wash cloth soaked in boiling water to soften and break open the blisters. Then they cleaned the area with rubbing alcohol. Finally, they put on some type of antibiotic cream. It was torture for me. It took both of my parents to do this. My mom did the work and my dad held me down. Years later, upon changing doctors, they learned that it would clear up with just not touching the area except to apply the antibiotic cream with a cotton swab. I still get it now, but I can usually get it cleared with Neosporin within 2-3 days. Luckily, I've not passed it to my children.

Comment from: CH, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

I was prescribed Fucidin cream. As a child I would sometimes get impetigo always in the same spot under my nose. Back then I would just use Neosporin to heal it. I am now 43 and also got it a few years ago in the same spot.


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Comment from: Brian, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 08

I've had recurring impetigo for a few years now, mainly on my chin, though I've had a sore or two on my thighs. This latest episode manifested after a bit of sleep deprivation (work nights) and a lot of stress (moving soon to another state). I got about 20 very small scratches/wounds on the posterior or my hands. Days later, the wounds stopped healing on my hands and I noticed pimples on my chin -- impetigo! I reluctantly went to the doctor and was placed on the ointment and an oral antibiotic (doxycycline). It helps if you can keep your hands off the sores and if you can keep from bumping/rubbing the sores, which is tough with 15+ on the back or your hands! Due to slow healing, I went to my regular doctor (went to an clinic before this) and she cultured one of the hand wounds and placed me on clindamycin 450mg every 6 hours. I've been on the antibiotics for almost a week and my chin is fine, but the hand wounds are still healing. I really, really dislike impetigo.

Comment from: ntebo, Published: June 15

I took a tooth out 4 days ago but it is still painful. I am taking painkillers every few hours.

Comment from: danishandcoffee, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 09

I have had this crap on my face now for about five years now. I have tried everything to get rid of it. I’ve tried so many different antibiotics, etc. It never goes away. Just when you think the last one has gone, another one takes its place. Then yesterday I read somewhere about putting peroxide on them. So I thought I will give this a go as I will try anything at this point. So yesterday every time I thought of it I put peroxide on the sores on my face and this morning I cannot believe my eyes, it has all but gone. It does sting a bit but so worth it. It’s the clearest my face has been in so long. I just wanted to share my results to all you impetigo sufferers and I hope it works for you.

Comment from: cc, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 24

4 months with Impetigo. Diagnosed by a quick glance by my A.R.N.P it was severe. I was just given a steroid cream by another doctor who said it isn’t Impetigo now. Or maybe he meant never. I don't know. I have scars on my face and a divot scar the size of a dime he said would take cosmetic surgery. I'm Broke and depressed/embarrassed. I had gone to the R.N 4 times and she said that the Bactrim should have worked, but just keep putting the prescription ointment on it. I still don't know what I have and am scarred in 4 places on my face. Oh and the doctor I saw was the same practice, I only got to see him (for something else, but my face was his concern) She was out of the office. He looked VERY disturbed when I explained my 'nontreatment.'

Comment from: neo, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 17

As soon as I feel it tingling I can kill it right away by using rubbing alcohol and then Neosporin ointment, but if it’s already blistered then that will spread it even more, so at that point I use Neosporin ointment throughout the next few days until it dies. I have taken antibiotics when I was a child, and that seem to keep it at bay. I have had it throughout my life. It seems to live in my nose area. I am 41 now and had since I was 1. Also I can tell you that I transmit it through sex, even though I myself do not get it in the vaginal area my husband does. It is not herpes. I have been checked for that with blood work.

Comment from: omgbananas, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: July 21

I recently developed impetigo on my ankle. At first, I thought it was a bug bite but after a few days it spread to my left ankle and entire backside of my right leg (at first I thought it was chiggers so I used Chigarid on it, this caused it to spread much faster). My ankle swelled to about the size of half a baseball and I developed bullous impetigo. I went to the doctor and they gave me a topical cream, antibiotics, and an antiseptic wash. It then spread to my arms as regular impetigo. It is in the crook of my arm and there are big red sores all over my arms. I look like a zombie! My ankle (which has the bullous impetigo looks like lizard skin. My back legs look like I was burned with acid too. It is very depressing because I feel like a monster. Thank goodness it is getting better, but slowly. I think it all came about from a spider bite, but I have no idea what kind as I did not see it bite me. Do not put any of the affected area on your unaffected skin as it will spread!! Wash all sheets and towels daily. I showered and took a bleach bath each day. The bleach bath is excellent but use lukewarm water so your skin will not dry out!

Comment from: Aussie 23YO, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

Hey I have the same symptoms as the previous person. A small cut on my ear then swollen glands, 2 days later I noted a couple of spots on my neck. I have some acne style marks on my face that didn’t seem to be healing, odd, each day the spots doubled in area and I was given antibiotics by a doctors, then a few days later went to hospital and they gave me an odd selection off drugs and still didn’t diagnose it correctly. Yesterday I went to my local doc and he said it was Impetigo. The dots on my neck are still really bad covering 80% or so. I am on a heavy course of penicillin and there is currently no change. I also have noticed the marks appearing on my hands and wrists. Every time I touch anything I use anti bacterial hand sanitizer. Hope this goes away before I get fired .


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Comment from: Lm/68, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 21

About 6 weeks ago I thought I got a mosquito bite, and like always it itched so I scratched and scratched. It has now spread to about an inch and 1/2 in size. I feel like I could claw it so hard I could take a knife and cut it down to the bone. It has never been anything except red with a little white dried skin around the little bites, my arm looks like I have some hives all the way down to my wrist. I can hardly stand the itch. Since I waited until now to go to the doctor he really didn't know what it was but gave me some antibiotics.

Comment from: Linda, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

Within a week, after I have gotten over a bad cold or a long bout with allergy problems, my face broke out with six or so red, aggravated-looking bumps. I know it has to be associated with my immune system being so low. I used to get fever blisters after a cold, but now I get the bumps on my face. They vary in size and pop up at different intervals. While one is nearly healed – oops there's another – and then the next day another one, etc. I've left them alone and they don't get better. I have to stick a sterilized needle in them, get some pus and clear liquid out and then put Bactroban on it with an adhesive bandage. In the morning, the pus has been pulled to the top and I have to get this out. I have to do this anywhere from one to three times daily. It finally heals and I don't have to deal with it until the next immune-lowering sickness. I, too, am embarrassed by having to go out in public with this on my face, but I have to go to work.

Comment from: robinofsher, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I am in my 50's and every year I get a case of impetigo usually associated with a cold, starting in the nose area. When I first feel the itch I start putting the antibiotic Mupirocin ointment on. I have learned that the triple anti-biotic ointment seems to spread. It seems like there is something in it that it likes. It usually cleans up after a week. The trick is to catch it early.

Comment from: Jess, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 11

I am 14 years old. I noticed some flakey skin on my ear, then 2 days after it was the size of a 50 cent coin, and was bright red with a blister in the middle. It looked like a burn. It was unbelievably painful. The next day I found the same thing on my mouth. Now it has spread to my chin and nostrel. It is so contagious and so painful. I do not go to school, or to work. It spreads just like that. The doctor gave me Flucloxacillin antibiotics, they aren't helping me though.

Comment from: Mer, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31

The only thing that helps me with impetigo is an antibiotic called Augmentin. I only get impetigo if I have a wound of some sort, like surgery or an ear piercing -- something like that. I just had some skin tags removed from my face and sure enough, I'm battling a case right now. Augmentin is the only thing that helps. Neosporin or any ointment makes it worse because the area needs to dry out. I'm on the tail end and hope it’s gone soon.

Comment from: TC, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

Years ago I contracted impetigo from another child and was given penicillin shots three times per week to start and then daily for what seemed like weeks. After I developed an allergic reaction to the penicillin, my Mom took me to a doctor who specialized in dermatology. He painted my skin with an iodine solution and put me under ultra-violet-ray lamps. I had relief immediately! Within a week, my symptoms had subsided and I was able to return to school two weeks later.

Comment from: school blew, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: September 28

I have had impetigo since I was 4, almost always on my bottom lip, four to eight times a year. As I got older, I discovered ChapStick! Now I only get a breakout once every three or four months. Once it scabs over, I take a hot shower before I have to be somewhere. Besides being a little red, it makes it a lot less noticeable. I also have a strange feeling that I usually have a breakout after having orange juice or apple juice.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 28

I had a sore inside my nose. I thought I scratched the inside of it. Within a day or so, it spread throughout both nostrils and in my right eye. I had very painful scabs. I was treated for impetigo with an antibiotic and steroid medication for 10 days.

Comment from: Hadassah, 0-2 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 16

My son has impetigo, and it’s already over a month. I already gave him three rounds of oral antibiotic medications and Vitamin C prescribed by the doctor. At first it seems to get clear but after three days it gets back again, what should I do? I'm tired of these trial and error meds, because I have no more money to buy a medicine for such a nonsense and useless meds. My heart is always broken every time I see my 1 year old baby suffering with this skin disease.

Comment from: Dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13

When I start feeling the tingling, I use mupirocin ointment, but when the blisters appear, I clean the area with a wet cloth to remove as many blisters as possible, and then apply the ointment. It usually takes about 3 days before I start seeing the effect.

Comment from: BASO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 23

I am a 54 year old female. I don't know how I got it but it is horrible. I have had it for about 3 weeks now. I was first diagnosed with roscea. Then with impetigo (staph). I am taking antibiotics and ointment to put in my nose. It is not clearing up and I have only 3 days left of meds.

Comment from: BunnyO, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

Heracillin (a type of penicillin) works great. Only problems are fears that the infection trigger (which can be either staph or strep) could be antibiotic resistant.