• Prevention

    Prevent the spread of infection.

    • If you have impetigo, always use a clean washcloth and towel each time.
    • Do not share towels, clothing, razors, and and other personal care products with other family members.
    • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching the skin lesions.

    Good general health and hygiene help to prevent infection. Thoroughly clean minor cuts and scrapes with soap and clean water. You can also use a mild antibacterial soap.

    Impetigo is contagious, so avoid touching the draining (oozing) lesions.


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