General information on Impetigo
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that can develop on newborn kittens; typically between one and three weeks of age. Impetigo is contagious. Impetigo is a combination of scabs, blisters, and other pustules that develop most commonly on the abdomen. These pustules can break open easily which is the most common cause of the spreading of the illness. In most cases, the cause of the impetigo is due to unsanitary conditions.
Symptoms of Impetigo
Some of the symptoms for impetigo may be: red bumps, blisters, purulent crusts, pustules that may contain pus, and lesions located on the body; the majority of the time on the abdomen.
Treatments for Impetigo
The treatment for impetigo is to clean the pustules with a diluted hydrogen peroxide and chlorhexidine solution and with iodine soap. Antibiotic ointments may also be applied to the pustules. In severe cases, antibiotics may need to be given orally or injected. It is important to sanitize the areas where the kitten is, especially the litter box.
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