What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection that commonly affects children, but can also occur in adults. It is caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes, which enter the skin through cuts, scratches, or insect bites. Impetigo is characterized by red, itchy, and oozing sores that may develop into yellowish-brown crusts.
It is typically spread through skin-to-skin contact or by touching contaminated surfaces, and it can be easily transmitted in crowded settings such as schools or daycare centers.
Good hygiene practices, such as regular handwashing and avoiding sharing personal items, can help prevent the spread of impetigo.
When is it necessary to see a doctor?
It is necessary to see a doctor if you suspect you or your child may have symptoms of impetigo which can include red sores that may develop into blisters, oozing or crusting, and itching. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to seek medical evaluation for proper diagnosis and treatment, which may include topical or oral antibiotics.
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