Counting the Days: How long after being exposed to impetigo?

Have you been recently exposed to someone with impetigo? Are you wondering how long it takes for symptoms to show up? Fear not, dear reader, as we delve into the details of this pesky skin condition and its incubation period.

Counting the Days: How long after being exposed to impetigo?


Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that most commonly affects young children. This means that if your child has contracted it, chances are high that everyone in their school or daycare center will soon follow suit. But don't worry; with proper treatment and prevention measures, impetigo can be effectively managed.

What is Impetigo?

According to dermatologists around the world, Impetigo is an infectious disease caused by a group of bacteria known as Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph) or Streptococcus Pyogenes (Strep). These bacteria enter through breaks in the skin like scratches and cuts or even insect bites caused by fleas and mosquitoes (ouch).

Incubation Period:

The incubation period for Impetigo varies depending on which type of bacteria was responsible for causing the infection but typically ranges between one day to two weeks (that's quite a window!).

Types of Impetigo:

There are mainly two types of Impetigos;

Bullous Type:

This type starts when Fluid-filled blisters appear primarily on parts such as arms, legs cheeks etc.. Following rupture leaves behind redness around skin wound-like crusting sores. The fluid inside these blisters appears yellowish-brownish occasionally feel burning sensation are observed at borders (Growing bubbles under your 10-year-old kid’s arm might want you running panic-stricken.)

Non-Bullous Type:

Majorly found starting from nose area later moves outwards towards other areas i.e., mouth lips and finger areas. Itchy red sores, followed by crust formation and honey-coloured crusting on it (Not Honey but we all deserve sweet healing!)

Factors Affecting Incubation Period:

Various factors influence the incubation period for Impetigo.

  • Age: According to studies, younger children have a shorter incubation period than older adults.

  • Health Status: People with underlying conditions that compromise their immune system are at higher risk of extended periods of Impetigo incubation stages.


Impetigo manifests differently in every individual; however, some signs mostly show up before 7 days after exposure. ((Best not leave anything unattended while you count!))

Common symptoms include;

  1. Itching
  2. Red Sores
  3. Fluid-filled blisters (bullous type)
  4. Crusty Yellowish-Brown sores form around borderlines

People infected may develop painful swelling upon lymph nodes' growth since our body fights off bacterias located on several parts such as necks, groins or armpits etc.. Taking cold showers is one way to soothe these areas (who would've thought taking showers would come in handy for medical relief)


The good news is that impetigo can be treated without stopping any day-to-day activities like attending school or going to work if managed properly early-on! [^1]

Customarily physicians prescribe antibiotics oral/topical forms depending on patients’ age as this infection is contagious hence should never ever ignore once diagnosed medications within small doses should begin right away which eventually results in faster recovery rates also called complete treatment assurance who wants recurrence?

Home Remedies-Treatments/Cautions:

Unfortunately there are no scientific-based proofs backing these remedies however they sometimes turn out helpful reducing symptoms & concerns!

Some care measures an asymptomatic patient might want consists of washing hands frequently keeping them dry wiping off infected area with towels regularly followed by cleansing of such materials etc.

Applying 100% natural unrefined coconut oil or lemon juice mix to sores twice/thrice daily proved effective century-old traditional methods ask mother/grandmother in family about them.

During the healing process, avoid direct skin contact with friends and family members until recovering due to its contagious nature. Clean/expose sunlight-accessible areas since it helps speed up healing & reduce recovery time (ahh! It's like sun bathing)

Can't I just wait for Impetigo to go away on its own?

Nope! Waiting for impetigo to disappear on its own is not a good idea because;

  1. You might infect family members paying hefty medical costs
  2. Increase chances of experiencing longer symptoms associated with reduced activities may cause work/school loss productivity/hours.
  3. Growing Risk factors facing extreme circumstances developing Septicaemia!

Impetigo Treatment ranges between seven days/one storybook per patient would be enough - reducing fears regarding increased bills/productivity losses!


To prevent impetigo;

  • Wash your hands frequently: This infection spreads instantly via touch early stages can severely affect coming along lots of hospital trips not deserved for you!

-Keep common-use items clean

-Cover cuts and insect bites: try covering exposed body parts where maximum exposure does take place using bandages plaster sheets since these types worsen existing conditions if even unaware.

Note: cleaning public places increasing hygiene levels minimum once weekly especially now given unprecedented COVID era as it may indirectly aid against several infections such as preventing this one too Hence don’t panic wash your hands effortlessly laugh more trust in mask regime while maintaining that social distancing & sanitizing game up.


Nobody wants to experience any form of infection; after reading this article, we hope you are far better equipped at understanding how long it takes for impetigo to develop its symptoms after exposure. In short, it ranges from one day to two weeks; be cautious and carry out all precautionary measures!

Stay safe, clean, and healthy folks.

Hopefully, this article appeared funnier than an episode of a lousy sitcom! Are we done yet? Okay then. Bye!

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or treatment recommendations.

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