Impetigo & Folliculitis Treatment in Vancouver BC
Staphyloccocus Aureus or simply S. aureus is a germ-positive bacteria commonly found on the human skin. Though it is a part of the microflora (the family of various microorganisms) of our body, it is also known to be an opportunistic pathogen, meaning it causes infections whenever it finds an opportunity to spread. And the two most common skin infections it can cause are Folliculitis and Impetigo.
What Is Folliculitis?
Folliculitis is a follicle infection that usually affects the scalp and skin and causes the skin around the follicles to become inflamed, red, and itchy. The follicle area itself looks like a red pimple that breaks and leaks puss, forming yellowish crusts. Folliculitis infections can be superficial, i.e., affecting the exposed part of the follicle close to the skin surface, or as deep infections that affect the entire follicle below the skin.
The S. aureus bacteria enter through the skin through a cut or a wound and creates puss-filled bumps around densely populated hair follicles, However, it can also be caused by certain viruses, fungi, or due to inflammation from ingrown hairs.
What Is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a similar skin infection caused by S. aureus and is often considered as a form of superficial folliculitis infection, but it can develop in areas without any hair follicles, such as the lips, nose, forehead, etc. It is also characterized by red, puss-filled sores, which form yellow crusts when broken. And unlike other bacterial folliculitis infections, Impetigo is contagious and can quickly spread to other parts of the body when touched via fingers, clothing, and towels.
It is more common in kids of age 2 to 5 and is known to develop more during the summer. Due to its contagious nature, kids can catch this infection while playing with someone who has impetigo. Hence, infected kids need to be treated by an experienced doctor who provides impetigo treatment in Vancouver, BC.
How Does Dr.E treat Folliculitis and Impetigo?
Both folliculitis and impetigo being bacterial infections of the skin require a somewhat similar treatment approach. As a family physician, Dr. Ebrahim has vast experience treating these infections in kids and adults. Fortunately, these skin infections are effectively treatable with the right combination of antibiotic ointments and oral medications. Her holistic treatments for skin conditions have proven to help several of her patients in Vancouver.