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who is susceptible to impetigo?

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Dr. Thad Woodard
Specializes in Pediatrics
Everyone: Impetigo is a skin infection. Anyone can have this occur.
Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Anyone: Impetigo (skin infection with strep/staph) can occur at any time the skin is broken (dry and cracked, cuts, scrapes). We all have bacteria on our skin or we get it on our skin throughout the day. Usually intact skin is a great barrier to infection, but once broken the bacteria can get in there and "start a family (infection)." keeping skin conditioned, good overall hygiene and bathing can help.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Contagious to anyone: Impetigo that is on several parts of the body is very likely contagious enough to spread to other people. People with cracked or otherwise irritated skin will have more microscopic breaks in the skin surface, so they are more easily infected by impetigo bacteria.

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What are the treatments for impetigo?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Antibiotics: Since impetigo is generally caused by staph or strep (bacteria), it is treated with antibiotics. These may be used topically on the skin or by mouth depending on the extent of the rash.
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What is the treatment for impetigo?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Antibiotics: The treatment is good skin hygeine with good skin cleansing. In addition, treament with either topical or oral antibiocs is often applied based on how severe the problem is.
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What is impetigo?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Skin infection: Impetigo is a contagious skin infection caused by a bacteria, typically staph or strep. Impetigo generally appears as small fluid filled blisters that break and crust over with a yellowish colored scab. It is treated with antibiotics, either orally or topically depending on the extent of the rash.
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What are the types of impetigo, and what are impetigo symptoms and signs? What does impetigo look like?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Sore or crust: An open sore, especially in a child, or one with a heaped up yellow crust, is nusually impetigo.
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How is impetigo diagnosed?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
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, staph, strep or both is responsible, and what antibiotics will be effective.

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