Impetigo - Symptoms And Treatment
An infectious, contagious, common bacterial skin infection that affects the superficial layers of the skin. This is more common in athletes and those who participate in vigorous physical activity that causes excessive sweating.
It is most common in children and is contagious. Impetigo forms round, crusted, oozing spots that grow larger day by day. The hands and face are the favorite locations for impetigo, but it often appears on other parts of the body.
Staphylococci or streptococci bacteria growing in the upper skin layers. The following conditions make a person more susceptible to impetigo infections:
Signs and symptoms
Diagnosis is based primarily on the appearance of the skin lesion. A culture of the skin or mucosal lesion usually grows streptococcus or staphylococcus.
To treat impetigo, your doctor will recommend gently washing the affected areas with mild soap and water. Infection is treated with topical antibiotics, while oral or intravenous antibiotics are used for more serious and widespread infections. Impetigo can be cured completely, with no lasting effects, if treated promptly.
Your doctor may prescribe:
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