What is it?

Impetigo is a common, highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin that most often affects infants and children, but can be seen in adults.

What causes it?

Impetigo is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, sometimes group A streptococcus, and is most often seen in school age children or in those who attend day care. The infection can be easily spread to other areas of the body through touch or on towels or clothing.

What are the symptoms?

Impetigo appears as sores on the nose, mouth, hands or feet. These sores can increase in size and number and will ooze, itch and develop a honey- colored crust.

How is it diagnosed?

Impetigo is usually diagnosed by physical examination and does not require lab tests

What is the treatment?

Topical and/or oral antibiotics are used to treat Impetigo

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