How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Dr. Chip Your Own Question
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip, Board Certified Physician
Category: Medical
Satisfied Customers: 31189
Experience:  20 yrs. in practice, includinge surgery, general medicine, addiction medicine and pain.
18722459
Type Your Medical Question Here...
Dr. Chip is online now

my grandaughter who is 12, seems to catch impetigo, on her

Resolved Question:

my grandaughter who is 12, seems to catch impetigo, on her lip and face, when she goes and visits this particular house which has 2 dogs. She doesn't touch or pet the dogs, but can an allergy to the dogs bring this skin infection about ?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
Hi--did the doctor actually think this was impetigo? What exactly does it look like?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It looks very much like herpes but does not respond to Zovirax. My daughter can see a difference in the two types of sores, but I can't tell them apart.

Expert:  Dr. Chip replied 3 years ago.
OK Sue. It does sound very much as though she has an allergy to the dogs' dander and that can be a problem even if one doesn't touch or pet the dogs. I'd suggest she see an allergist for allergy testing to show that and for now perhaps her taking Claritin or Zyrtec before she goes to that house will prevent the problem
Dr. Chip and 5 other Medical Specialists are ready to help you