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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does impetigo spread?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
Direct contact: Impetigo is an infection of the skin, usually caused by strep bacteria (streptococcus). The infection is spread by touching the affected areas, then touching other areas of the body. It is spread to others by direct contact with the sores, or by contact with the hands of the person who has it. This is why children playing together is a common mode of transmission.
Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Yes: It can spread to other areas of the skin, to deeper tissues, causing cellulitis, abcess, lymphangitis, which can spread to the blood. It ialso can spread to the respiratory tract. It also often spreads to other members of the household..

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How does impetigo usually spread?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology 23 years experience
Direct contact: Impetigo is a bacterial infection, and spreads by contact, either directly or indirectly through our hands. Hand washing is very important to prevent spread.
A member asked:

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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