Impetigo is a skin disease that is highly contagious and can easily be transmitted through skin to skin contact. Children and adults with diabetes are susceptible to this type of skin disease because of higher rates of contact among school children in the playground and lower immune system for diabetic patients.
The development of Impetigo depends if it is Streptococcal or Staphylococcal in nature. Streptococcal bacteria usually take around 1 to 3 days before manifestation while Staphylococcal bacteria’s Impetigo incubation period takes 4 to 10 days from day of transmission. Impetigo incubation period starts from the time the person was exposed to the bacteria up to the presence of signs and symptoms.
After the Impetigo incubation period, small, itchy bumps appear on the surface of the skin. It usually starts in the face, skin surrounding the mouth, nose and around the ears. Appearance of bumps depends on the type of Impetigo: bullous Impetigo is characterized by blisters with the presence of pockets of pus and is usually found in the extremities. Non-bullous Impetigo is similar to insect bites and spreads rapidly over a short period of one week. These itchy bumps will eventually become blisters and becomes flaky or crusty.
Impetigo incubation period is seldom serious unless it is improperly managed. Impetigo could lead to complications like scarring and hyperpigmentation of the skin. In some rare cases, Impetigo may even lead to celullitis, wherein tissues under the skin are affected and may spread in the bloodstream, which could cause severe bodily harm.
Knowing some of the causes and seriousness of Impetigo, it is highly recommended to avoid spreading of this skin disease during Impetigo incubation period by taking note of the following:
Avoid Impetigo from spreading up fast by first strengthening your immune system during the Impetigo incubation period. Boost your immunity by eating a balanced diet and having adequate sleep. Avoid smoking and exercise frequently. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and good hygiene. If it can’t be avoided and a household member has Impetigo, avoid sharing of personal things like clothes, blankets and towels.
Impetigo may affect other parts of the skin through scratching. It is best to cut fingernails short and wash hands frequently. Infected children during the Impetigo incubation period are advised not to share towels and avoid direct contact with other children to avoid transmission of disease. Take a bath every three or four hours using mild soap and water. Not only will it stop spreading of disease, this will also help in lessening the itching. Allow your sores to heal by keeping it clean and letting it air dry.
Impetigo may last from three weeks to even years if not addressed properly. Good personal hygiene during and after Impetigo incubation period and following simple home remedies are some of the best treatments in the treatment of Impetigo.