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We are the parents of 9 y /o child. He accidentally scratched arm recently, and day after scratch rapidly became two inches in diameter and two days later it had become about three inches diameter. We believed it to be an allergic reaction to plasters. I sprayed his arm with antiseptic and covered with patches, but more skin appeared to be sticking to the patch. We went to hospital and a diagnosis of bullous or blistering impetigo was made. What does it mean? What we should do next?

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This is an infection with staphylococcus aureus. It is bacteria that causes impetigo and can make eczema flare up. Occasionally the bacterium makes a toxin that causes skin to split and blister, but the blister is very shallow and does not scar. As I know treatments are topical antibiotics and antibiotics by mouth. Your child should wash with a separate flannel and dry with his own towel. The infection usually clears within a few days. The mark that is left can take a few weeks to go completely or a bit longer occasionally.
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