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School Sores - Impetigo

posted Mar 19, 2018, 7:25 PM by Reception @TMCS
Just a note to let parents know that we have had several cases of school sores amongst the children.
What to watch for...

Impetigo usually starts as little blisters. These then break and start to weep, usually pus, and sometimes clearer liquid. The weeping patches tend to grow larger. Yellow or brownish scabs then form which can burn or itch.

Impetigo can also starts as any lesion (bite, damaged skin) that doesn't heal and develops a crusty scab. Sometimes it looks like a rash– which may begin as a single spot, but if a person scratches, it may spread to other areas. Impetigo can be spread to other people by contact with the sores. The sores are most infectious when there is weeping or crusting.

As soon as you think your child might have impetigo, take them to the doctor. Treatment will depend on how severe the infection is. The doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotic tablets. These are usually taken over seven days. Antibiotic creams and ointment are sometimes used. 

Carefully follow the treatment from your doctor. If prescribed oral antibiotics, continue taking the medicine for the full course, even if the sores look to have healed. Oral antibiotics can sometimes have side effects. Report any diarrhoea, stomach upsets or skin rashes to your doctor or practice nurse.

If the child does not get better with treatment or if the sores return, contact your doctor, as you may need a different treatment or further investigation into the cause. More severe cases may require antibiotics, taken by mouth.

Impetigo sores can look alarming and may be difficult to manage, especially if they are on the face.  Dry sores do not need to be enclosed but weeping sores should be washed and kept covered (dressed).

Impetigo is very contagious. Follow your doctor’s advice about when the child can return to school or preschool.

  • Make sure you have your own towel, soap and face towels, and never share them (disposable paper towels are useful).
  • Keep bed linen, clothes and towels separate.
  • All family members should use an antibacterial soap – flowing soap pump packs are ideal.
  • Keep fingernails cut short. Avoid scratching or picking at sores.
  • Keep sores covered with a dressing, such as gauze and tape.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before preparing food.
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