Impetigo is a highly transmittable skin infection, something that can spread easily by skin-to-skin contact. Pregnant women will not catch the infection if they are alert and cautious.
Impetigo is a superficial skin condition brought on by the staphylococcus bacteria, and very rarely by streptococcus bacterial strain. This presents itself as tiny, fluid-filled skin sacs, which break open easily to ooze out its watery content, that eventually harden up to form scabs of honey color.
Impetigo initially begins in the facial area, like the chin, corners of mouth, and around the nasal opening; but sometimes can occur on the extremities and trunk as well.
Impetigo is more of a children’s problem, but adults dwelling in cramped living conditions can easily ‘catch’ the infection from infected young toddlers.
Impetigo and Pregnancy
As stated earlier, impetigo is contracted from direct contact with individuals suffering from this skin disease. If one is careful enough to avoid touching the infected person or any objects handled by them, they cannot get infected by the bacteria causing impetigo. It is actually very rare for adults to develop impetigo infection, because their immune system is well developed, enough to have more resistance to this particular bacterial strain.
When a woman becomes pregnant, her pregnancy state will not increase her risk of becoming affected with impetigo. But they will need to be extra cautious when a close family member has developed this skin condition.
– Good personal hygiene should be maintained at all times. Hands must be washed regularly.
– Clothes must be laundered separately
– The individual will have to avoid being in the company of the infected family member for too long
However, if they do develop impetigo in spite of taking all the necessary precautions, then they need not be overly worried, for it is only a superficial skin abnormality, and the bacteria triggering the condition cannot bring any kind of harm to the fetus growing inside their womb.
In truth, impetigo is not considered to be a dangerous skin abnormality if developed by a pregnant woman. Even if the bacteria enter the woman’s circulatory system, it cannot go past the utero-placental barrier and infect the growing fetus.
Treating Impetigo During Pregnancy
The medical practitioner approached to treat impetigo in a pregnant lady will usually prescribe antibiotics that are considered to be relatively safe for consumption during pregnancy.
Never should the individual go on their own and obtain any of the over-the-counter antibiotic topical applicants, for most of them have less potency to effectively destroy the staphylococcus or streptococcus bacterial strain. Antibiotic creams that can be obtained only by presenting a prescription, like mupirocin ointment or fusidic acid cream, are powerful enough to get rid of the bacteria causing this infection. The instructions provided on the label will have to be followed diligently, for any carelessness can lead to infection spread.
In case the impetigo infection is very severe, then oral antibiotics will have to be taken, which are usually given as a full seven-day course. Impetigo can be gotten rid of only with antibiotic use, and doctor’s usually prescribe antibiotics that are considered safe to be taken by a pregnant woman, at the safest dosage possible. Oral antibiotics like –
– Clindamycin, and
– Ampicillin – are considered safe for consumption during pregnancy.
The individual should continue to take the medication and complete its course, even if symptom relief is obtained much earlier than expected.