Impetigo

Understanding Impetigo with Hot Chemist

At Hot Chemist, we recognise the challenges impetigo can bring into your life. This highly contagious skin infection is not just common among children but can affect individuals of any age. Caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes, impetigo leads to red sores that rupture and form a distinctive yellow-brown crust, often causing discomfort and concern for those affected.

Understanding the Types of Impetigo:

  • Non-bullous Impetigo: Manifests as small blisters that burst, leaving behind a honey-colored crust. It is the most frequent type encountered.
  • Bullous Impetigo: Defined by larger, fluid-filled blisters, this type is the result of toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus.
  • Ecthyma: This severe form penetrates deeper into the skin, forming painful ulcers that require prompt medical attention.

Identifying the Causes:

  • Impetigo spreads through direct skin contact with an infected person or by touching contaminated objects. It thrives in areas of broken skin but can also affect intact skin surfaces.

Spotting the Symptoms:

  • Sores or blisters that may rupture, ooze, and form a crust
  • Itchy rash accompanied by fluid-filled sores
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the vicinity of the infection

Hot Chemist’s Approach to Treatment:

Through the NHS Pharmacy First scheme, Hot Chemist provides access to various treatment options:

Topical Antibiotics: Such as fusidic acid cream or hydrogen peroxide cream, effectively targeting the surface bacteria.

Oral Antibiotics: In cases where the infection is more widespread or severe, medications are used to fight the infection systemically.

Our Dedicated Service to You:

Personalised Care: Our pharmacists offer tailored consultations to understand your specific situation and recommend the best course of action.

Swift Access to Treatment: Prescriptions are processed promptly, with medications delivered directly to you, ensuring a smooth path to recovery.

Ongoing Support: We provide guidance on how to manage your impetigo effectively and prevent reinfection.

If you or your child is showing signs of impetigo, or if you have concerns about symptoms resembling this condition, reach out to us at Hot Chemist. With our support and the comprehensive options available through NHS Pharmacy First, you can rest assured that you are in capable hands.

Impetigo can be a nuisance, but with the right treatment and care, you can quickly return to your daily routine with confidence and comfort. Your well-being is at the heart of our service. Using the NHS Pharmacy First framework, we can assess, prescribe and deliver prescribed medications directly to your doorstep, ensuring you get the personalised care you need quickly and discreetly so you can start your recovery as soon as possible. Your health and comfort are our utmost priorities. Trust in our dedicated team and the NHS for all your Impetigo treatment needs.