We have been informed of two confirmed cases of Impetigo in Y2. Impetigo is a common bacterial infection of the skin usually found around the nose, mouth, hands, and forearms. It can be itchy, cause children to scratch and spread the bacteria to other parts of the body. Impetigo is very contagious and can be easily spread to other children. There are the two types of impetigo, non-bullous impetigo (crusted) – the most common form – and bullous impetigo (large blisters).
Non-bullous begins as tiny blisters, which eventually burst and leave small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid. Gradually, a tan or yellowish-brown crust covers the affected area, making it look like it has been coated with honey or brown sugar.
Bullous impetigo form larger fluid-containing blisters that first appear clear, then cloudy. These blisters are more likely to stay longer on the skin without bursting.
You must see your Doctor if you feel your child has Impetigo, they will prescribe an anti-biotic and or creams depending on the severity and where it has spread. Try to prevent your child from scratching the sores as much as possible. Cover sores with a watertight dressing to prevent the infected fluid and crusts from spreading.
Students should remain off school for a minimum of 24hrs after antibiotic treatment has been commenced. When at school the wounds must remain covered until the treatment is completed. Good hand hygiene is the key to preventing the spread of the infection.