What is Impetigo

Impetigo is a skin infection that is caused by the staph (staphylococcus) bacteria. It is a contagious, and common in young children. It is also popular among those who are involved in contact sports such as wrestling. Staph prefers warm and moist environments, and often spreads among family members by being in close contact. There are two types of Impetigo that differ in the bacteria that cause it. Below are some of the hallmark features:

Bullous Impetigo

  • Large blisters that are fluid filled
  • Lesions on the trunk, arms and legs
  • Blister is often painless, but can be red and itchy
  • Primarily affects infants

Non-bullous Impetigo

  • Crusted dry
  • Starts as small blisters
  • Blisters burst and then wet patches occur

Impetigo is contagious, as it is a bacterial infection. They can spread to other areas of the body if the lesions are scratched and then touch other areas of the body. They can also spread to others via direct contact, or through shared clothing or towels.

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