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Spiderboy's best friend has impetigo. They're both five and very close. I noticed a red rashy area around his nose and mouth at a party on Saturday. It seems to be much less red now though it's still there. We've just been informed his friend has it so what would you do?
Here are my options as I see it.
1. Take him out of school and to the doctor's tomorrow to get it checked.
2. Wait to see if it gets any worse or looks more like impetigo before doing anything.
If it is impetigo do I need to treat the whole family as a precaution?
GS had this last year. If you think it's impetigo - please don't take him to school, its not fair on the others. Take him mto the docs - you shouldn't need to treat the whole family, just make sure you use different towels etc. We got his early enough and it cleared up very quickly.
I would probably do no. 1 Spider, as impetigo can be quite sore. Ds has it on his bum atm (infected nappy rash, poor wee soul) and he really cries when I change him ).
It is also very infectious - another reason for getting it checked out straightaway - Spiderboy will need to make sure he only uses his own towel/bedding etc to make sure he doesn't pass it on. But otherwise I don't think you need to treat the rest of the family, just exercise prevention.
DS2 has just had impetigo. From your description, it doesn't sound as if Spiderboy has impetigo, so I'd wait a day or two and see what happens before rushing to the doctor. However, if the rash turns to blistery spots which then scab over with a disgusting looking browny-yellow crust - it's probably impetigo and will need treatment with an antibiotic ointment such as Fucidin.
Right it is impetigo. The doc was very casual about it. We have cream and he said don't bother to keep him off school if you don't want to unless the school is particularly fussy. 'If we kept kids off with impetigo the schools would be empty'.
I thought it was more serious than this. I didn't realise it was so common either as I haven't come across it so far.
Anyway he's off today and I'm not sure what to do about tomorrow.
Spider I know, my boys are barfsome too. I think that DS1 has the beginnings of impetigo too so have slathered him with Fucidin. Meanwhile DS2 has now had three doses of Ovex over the last few weeks and is still scratching his bottom...
havent read whole thread but i had this as a child and have quite a few nasty scars it started with one infected cut on my toe and then i had it for months everytime i fell or got a mozzy bite it got infected(lived in sa)
i have massive ugly scar on arm due to falling out of a tree and getting infected, it can also be quite painfull