Impetigo is a mild but highly contagious skin infection. It can appear on the skin as sores and blisters. The infection is commonly found on the mouth and nose, but can also appear on arms, legs and other areas of the body. The blisters and sores often rupture before scabbing and crusting over, resulting in itchy, honey-colored scabs.
Impetigo is believed to be caused by staph bacteria. It’s typically transmitted via contact with an infected person or object (such as bed linens or towels). Public areas such as schools and gyms are common locations for contracting impetigo.
Impetigo is not hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), which is caused by a different type of virus, while impetigo is caused by staph bacteria. Patients with HFMD may experience a fever, which is not a symptom of impetigo.
Dr. B offers antibiotic ointments and topical bactericidals such as Mupirocin, Centany, Retapamulin and Altabax. These treatment options stop bacterial growth by either killing off bacteria or interrupting the diseased cell cycle, ultimately ending the infection.
Mupirocin, Centany, Retapamulin and Altabax are all topical ointments that can be applied to the skin once or multiple times a day as directed by your medical provider.
Common side effects of impetigo treatments include burning or stinging of the skin. These symptoms are typically mild and may diminish over time. Talk to your provider if these symptoms continue or worsen over time.
You can get a convenient impetigo prescription through Dr. B's online medical service. A vetted doctor or medical provider will review an online assessment of your medical history and current symptoms. If your provider thinks an impetigo prescription is right for you, they'll send a prescription to the pharmacy of your choice. Dr. B offers prescriptions for several different impetigo treatments, and your medical provider can help you decide which is best for you.
Consultation: A virtual medical consultation for impetigo costs $15.00, which is lower than most doctor co-pays. Currently we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance for the prescription itself at your pharmacy.
Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we enable you to choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to get the prescription filled. Prices for your medication will vary depending on your insurance coverage and whether the drug is a brand or generic.
At this time we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies, but you can use insurance for the impetigo prescription at your pharmacy.
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