early signs impetigo
The following are early signs and symptoms of impetigo:
- Red sores that quickly rupture, ooze for a few days and then form a yellowish-brown crust
- Painless, fluid-filled blisters
- In the more serious form, painful fluid- or pus-filled sores that turn into deep ulcers
The early signs of impetigo will be small blisters on the skin. These are so tiny that they are often mistaken for bug bites. Sometimes the early signs of impetigo will be tiny red bumps.
It is easier to prevent impetigo or to treat it and prevent contagion when it is in its early stages than when lesions have begun to spread and to discharge fluid. In the earliest stages impetigo can often be cured by applying an antibiotic cream or ointment, such as polysporin, four times daily until the infection disappears. But once the lesions begin to grow or spread, it is almost always necessary to turn to oral antibiotics.