For example, wearing shoes in public bathrooms and showers can help prevent athlete's foot. It is important to take precautions. Impetigo is regarded as a self-limiting condition although treatment is often initiated to hasten recovery and to reduce the spread of infection. It is transmitted by directly contacting an infected person, touching contaminated surfaces, or sharing personal items that have been in contact with infected skin.
The regular use of antibacterial soaps or washes and weekly dilute bleach baths is often advocated, although the evidence base for this is variable.