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Impetigo
Feb 15, 2004

I've scanned your questions and this one has not been asked. I teach small children and have contracted Small-Vesicle Impetigo Contagiosa. It's easily cured with Cephalexin but I contracted it in August and now it's back in February. Does my suppressed immune system have something to do with this? It stays in my system and will reoccur? I sure don't want to spread this to my kids. I teach Special Ed. Can anyone help me with this? I would sure apprectiate it. Thanks.

Response from Dr. Lee

You neglected to tell us what is going on with your immune system. However, staph and strep skin infections can be associated with reduced immune function.

There are times when a person (even with normal immune function) may carry infectious strep or staph- particularly in their nasal passages. There are treatments to reduce this "carrier" status.

Check with your regular doctor, consider using one of the alcohol-based hand cleansers regularly at work, and remember that kids themselves carry a lot of bacteria.



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