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how do you catch impetigo

A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Germs get into skin: Impetigo appears after germs get access to the deeper layers of the skin surface. Often a kid with contaminated fingers will scratch a bite or itchy p ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Mizuguchi
25 years experience Dermatology
A skin infection: Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It is usually caused by either streptococcal and/or staphylococcal bacteria. It can be treated with an oral ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
Impetigo: Impetigo is normally, very easy to treat. A topical antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics will treat the infection.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
27 years experience Family Medicine
Minor infection: But should be treated to keep it from spreading, and because it usually won't resolve without antibiotics.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han answered
22 years experience Dermatology
Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Voron
50 years experience Dermatology
See below: Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin, most commonly acquired from direct skin-to-skin contact, especially in children.
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
Appearance, culture: It often is obvious, but though many experts do not reccommend culture, often one is needed to see of the diagnosis is correct, and what bacteria, sta ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jenny Sung
23 years experience Pediatrics
Nose,throat ,skin: Impetigo is caused by the group a streptococcus bacteria. The same bacteria that causes strep throat. The bacteria can spread through contact of mucus ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
27 years experience Pediatrics
OTC: If you truly have impetigo, you can treat the infection with Bacitracin or neosporin ointment 3 times a day.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
Yes,: if inappropriately treated, or not treated at all!

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