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what is the incubation period for impetigo before it starts showing up?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
1 to 3 days: It takes 1 to 3 days for the rash to appear after you aquire the infection.

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Is impetigo contagious?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Yes: Since it is a bacterial infection, other children or even adults in contact with the rash can catch impetigo.
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What is the incubation period for plague?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
2 to 6 days: The incubation period (time between exposure to the bacteria, by a bite or by inhaling the germs, and the development of the first symptoms) for bubonic plague is 2-6 days, and for pneumonic plague is 2-4 days. Less commonly, the incubation period for pneumonic plague can be 1-6 days... which is important, because pneumonic is fatal if treatment isn't started within 24 hours of first symptoms.
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Will impetigo leave scars?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Temporary changes: Impetigo usually affects the upper outer layer of skin, so there should not be noticeable scars after the color changes even out over a year or so. If the patient scratched at the scabs during healing, and made deeper wounds, then permanent mild scars can occur (just like in chicken pox, where scars normally don't occur unless the scabs are scratched off by the patient).
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What is the incubation period for iatrogenic cjd?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
Pulmonary Critical Care 35 years experience
Potentially years: Many years. For example some of the cases reported have been after exposures almost 20 years earlier.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Can impetigo spread to other parts of the body?

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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine 48 years experience
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.

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