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How to get rid of impetigo in 24 hours?

Andrew Bellingham

Andrew Bellingham

Pharmacist | 20+ Years | BPharm | Dip Clin Pharm

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that commonly affects children but can also occur in adults. It is characterised by red sores or blisters that quickly rupture, ooze fluid, and form a yellowish-brown crust. These crusts can be itchy and uncomfortable, leading to the desire for quick relief.

While the urge to find a rapid solution is understandable, it’s important to approach impetigo with the understanding that quick fixes may not be feasible.

How to treat impetigo

If you think you or someone in your household has impetigo, you can book an online consultation with a pharmacist who’ll be able to give you a proper diagnosis, and prescribe the appropriate treatment for the condition. 

  • Applying your prescribed antibiotic cream directly to the affected area can help clear up impetigo lesions within a few days


  • In more severe cases or when impetigo has spread extensively, pharmacists may recommend oral antibiotics

You should always follow your pharmacist’s guidance for effective treatment, remembering to carefully follow the instructions on your medicine packaging. 

How to treat impetigo at home

Though taking your medication as prescribed will be most important, here are some things you can do to improve symptoms and stop it from spreading to others:

  • Keep the affected area clean by gently washing it with mild soap and water

  • Apply a clean cloth soaked in warm water to the affected area to soothe itching and discomfort

  • Cover the sores with gauze bandages to reduce the risk of spreading the infection, and promote faster healing

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water to prevent the spread of bacteria to other parts of your body or to other people

Frequently asked questions about impetigo

How to treat impetigo fast

To treat impetigo quickly, consult a pharmacist for proper diagnosis and treatment. Keep the affected area clean, apply antibiotic ointment, and cover with a bandage to prevent spreading.

What is the best cream for impetigo?

Topical antibiotics like mupirocin or fusidic acid are commonly prescribed for impetigo. Consult your pharmacist for further information and treatment.

How to get rid of impetigo scars?

Impetigo can leave behind light reddish scars, which tend to go away gradually over time. But if you want to speed up the process, simply apply a scar cream or silicone gel sheet to the affected area.

A child has impetigo around their mouth, which may become scarred.

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