How long is impetigo contagious after starting topical antibiotics

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin condition which come out more like sores. Antibiotics is no doubt the only way to treat this medical problem as soon as possible. For those who prefer taking an oral antibiotic can rest be assured, that within 24 hours of the treatment time, the condition stops being contagious. The healing period for impetigo in case of topical antibiotics is around 2-5 days.
There can be some case in which the treatment by antibiotics may not work. A possible cause for this is if the pathogen causing the infection is resistant to the recommended cream or tablet. A switch to a different antibiotic is sometimes required if the first does not work. In some cases, the physician will take a swab to see which pathogen is causing the infection. This sample is examined to decide the best choice of treatment.

The treatment of choice is oral flucloxacillin for 7 days. However, if you are allergic to penicillin, the recommended alternative is oral clarithromycin for 7 days time. An antibiotic cream used for 7 days is the usual treatment for a few small patches of impetigo on the skin.

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