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Illness Spotlight:Impetigo


WHAT IS IMPETIGO?

  • Bacterial skin infection

  • Caused by Staphylococcus aureus, group A streptococcus, and sometimes Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

  • Bullous impetigo leads to fluid-filled blisters on the skin

  • Non-bullous impetigo causes blisters that pop and then turn into honey/yellow crusts

  • Ecthyma impetigo causes ulceration with honey/yellow crusting

HOW DO YOU GET INFECTED?

  • Bacteria enter through broken skin (i.e., cuts, sores, insect bites, etc.)

  • More common in summer months but can happen throughout the year

IS IT CONTAGIOUS: YES!!!!


HOW DO I PREVENT IT?

  • Good handwashing

  • Don't pick at insect bites, scabs, cuts, etc.

  • Regular bathing/showering

  • Wash household towels, bedding, etc., to prevent the spread to other family members

TREATMENT

  • If contained to a small area, impetigo is treated with a topical antibiotic

  • If the area has spread or affects multiple parts of the body, an oral antibiotic might be necessary

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