Patient Comments: Impetigo - Treatment

What was the treatment for your impetigo?

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.

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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.'

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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.

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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!

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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: 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.

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