Impetigo


Skin | Dermatology | Impetigo (Disease)


Description

Impetigo is a skin infection that causes blistering which can break red, secrete fluid and develop a yellow-brown crust. These blisters can occur anywhere on the body but most often appear around the mouth and nose.

Causes and Risk factors

Impetigo is most often caused by a type of bacteria called staphylococcus aureus. It can also be caused by the streptococcus pyogenes bacteria, usually in warmer climates.

Impetigo is one of the most common infections in children. It can occur in adults but is more common in children. The disease is contagious and is spread by contact or by sharing towels, sheets, clothing, toys or other objects. Vesicles can be spread to other parts of the body by scratching.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Antibiotic ointment applied directly to infected areas usually heal the ringworm. Sometimes you may need treatment with oral antibiotics. ...