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
  • Ecthyma

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)
  • Scarring 

Impetigo treatments

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.

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