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Impetigo Information and Treatment

Impetigo is a common type of skin infection . It is generally caused by one of two bacteria group A streptococcus or staphylococcus aureus. It may affect skin anywhere on the body but usually attacks the area around the nose and mouth. Impetigo typically affects school-age children, most often during the hot, humid summer months. It has a special preference for skin that has already been injured by other types of skin problems, including eczema, poison ivy, or an allergy to soap or makeup. These fairly common bacteria are found on the skin of healthy people. When the skin is broken - like with a cut or a scratch - they can enter the open wound and cause impetigo. Someone who becomes infected develops blisters that usually burst, ooze fluid, and then harden into a honey-colored crust. The spots are circular and may be as small as a dime or as large as a quarter. They tend to occur in distinct patches beneath the nose or on the buttocks and arms. Impetigo is particularly common around the entrance to the nose , where the skin around the nostrils appears raw and reddened with a yellow crust. Good hygiene can help prevent impetigo, which often develops when there is a sore or a rash that has been scratched repetitively (for example, poison ivy can get infected and turn into impetigo). Impetigo is typically treated with antibiotics.

Impetigo, a contagious skin infection that usually produces blisters or sores on the face and hands, is one of the most common skin infections among kids. Two types of bacteria are the main culprits. Most of the time, streptococcus bacteria (the ones also responsible for strep throat and scarlet fver ) or staphylococcus (staph) bacteria cause of impetigo. This disease develops due to bacterial infection. Impetigo is seldom serious and small infection may clear within 2 - 3 weeks. Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection characterized by small pus-filled blisters that form honey-yellow crusts. Impetigo starts as a red sore that quickly ruptures, oozes for a few days and then forms a yellowish-brown crust that looks like honey or brown sugar. The disease is highly contagious, and scratching or touching the sores is likely to spread the infection to other parts of the body as well as to other people.

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