Lifestyle and home remedies

For minor infections that haven't spread to other areas, try the following:

Soak the affected areas of skin with a vinegar solution — 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to 1 pint of water — for 20 minutes. This makes it easier to gently remove the scabs.

After washing the area, apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment three or four times daily. Wash the skin before each application, and pat it dry.

Avoid scratching or touching the sores as much as possible until they heal.

Applying a nonstick dressing to the infected area can help keep impetigo from spreading.
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