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How can you get impetigo?

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Dr. David Voron
Dermatology 51 years experience
See below: Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin, most commonly acquired from direct skin-to-skin contact, especially in children.
Dr. Vicki Levine
Dermatology 41 years experience
Bacteria: This is caused bya bacterial infection caused by staph or strep. You can get itfrom someone else of you have a cut in your skin.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Who is most at risk of getting impetigo?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
Children and family: Children in school and daycare, where they are in close contact are the most likely. Then they bring the germs home to household, and family.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How does impetigo get started?

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Dr. Mark Patterson
Pediatrics 32 years experience
An abrasion or cut: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection. Your skin is covered with billions of bacteria all the time. It acts as a barrier to keep those bacteria out of your body. If you have an area of irritation or abrasion or cut which damages that barrier, the bacteria can cause a localized infection. If caught early, a topical antibiotic ointment may help. Otherwise oral medications may be needed.
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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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