Austin impetigo infections are increasing. Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial infection that affects the skin. It is most commonly seen in young children, but can also affect adults. It is common after the body is recovering from another infection. We are likely to continue to see impetigo infections in Austin, Pflugerville, Cedar Park, and surrounding areas as children recover from our recent severe outbreak from flu and RSV.
The infection typically presents as red sores or blisters on the face, arms, or legs. These sores may be itchy and can burst, leaving behind a yellow-brown crust. In some cases, the sores may also produce a foul-smelling discharge.
Impetigo is caused by bacterial infections, most commonly by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. The infection can spread through direct contact with the sores or through contact with objects or surfaces that have come into contact with the bacteria.
Treatment for impetigo typically involves the use of antibiotics, either in the form of topical creams or oral medication. It is important to complete the full course of antibiotics to ensure that the infection is completely eradicated. In severe cases, hospitalization may be necessary to receive intravenous antibiotics.
Preventing the spread of impetigo is important to avoid spreading the infection to others. Good hygiene practices, such as washing hands frequently and avoiding sharing personal items, can help reduce the risk of transmission.
If you’re in Austin, Round Rock, Pflugerville, or Cedar Park and experiencing symptoms of impetigo, don’t hesitate to visit our ER for prompt and effective treatment. Our team is here to help you feel better and prevent the infection from spreading.