Impetigo is a common and highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and young children.
Signs and symptoms of impetigo
- Present as reddish sores on the face, especially around the nose and mouth and on the hands and feet.
- Over about a week, the sores burst and develop honey-colored crusts.
Types of bullous impetigo
- Bullous Impetigo
- Non-Bullous Impetigo
Risk factors of getting impetigo
- Age in children ages 2 to 5
- Close contact. Impetigo spreads easily within families
- Warm, humid weather
- Broken skin
- Other health conditions, atopic dermatitis (eczema), are more likely to develop impetigo
Complications of impetigo
- Cellulitis. This potentially life-threatening infection affects the tissues underlying the skin
- Kidney problems (the consequence of impetigo can also damage the kidneys)
Antibiotics are effective against impetigo. Topical antibiotics and sometimes combined with oral antibiotics are used to treat impetigo. With treatment, impetigo usually heals in 7 to 10 days.