A 21-year-old member asked:
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can impetigo spread to other parts of the body?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Without treatment, often spreads to other areas of skin, or causes more serious infection, such as cellulitis or abcess, respiratory or even joint or bloodstream infection. Also can easily spread to others in the household, or can have come from someone else carrying the bacteria assymptomatically.
Answered on Jul 10, 2013
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: If the patient touches the affected area, he/she can spread the impetigo to other parts of body.
Answered on Nov 4, 2011

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Dr. Karen Han answered
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