Impetigo is a contagious skin infection. It produces blisters and sores around the face, neck, hands and in children around the diaper area. It is one of the most common infections among kids. Impetigo is caused by one of two types of bacteria; either staphylococcus aureus or a streptococcus. Kids who have been afflicted with other skin disorders such as eczema, poison ivy or insect bites will be more susceptible to impetigo. This infection is highly contagious and can spread to other parts of the body very easily. It is very common for a young child to itch the infected spot and then touch other parts of their body.
The signs and symptoms for impetigo can be found anywhere on the body but commonly occurs around the nose and mouth, hands and forearms. There are two types of impetigo infections. Large blisters are medically referred to as bullous impetigo. The other type of symptom is a crusted form of impetigo and is medically referred to as non-bullous impetigo. The crusted form is the most common. They form after a blister from the infection has burst open leaving small wet patches of red skin that leaks fluid. The crust is a tan or yellowish color that covers the affected area. Blisters caused by the infection are nearly always caused by staphylococcus aureus. They blisters are at first clear and then get cloudy. They stay intact for a long time without bursting. Since the infection is so contagious, it is important to be careful with all types of materials that come in contact with infected skin.
Impetigo can be treated with an antibiotic ointment if it affects a small area of the skin. If the infection spread however it might be a little hard to treat with creams. Impetigo might have to be treated with an antibiotic pill or liquid if the infection has spread and in some cases if the prescribed ointment does not work. Once antibiotic treatment begins impetigo should start to be healed within a few days. It is important to make sure that anyone who has been given a prescription to counter the effects of the infection should take only the prescribed dosage. If not, the possibility of a deeper and more serious infection could happen.
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