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How is impetigo diagnosed?

How is impetigo diagnosed?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection often caused by strep. The same bacteria that causes strep throat. Impetigo has a yellow crusty appearance of ...Read more


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What is impetigo?

What is impetigo?

A skin infection: Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection of infants and babies. It causes blisters or sores on the face, mostly around the mouth and the nose. These sores break and ooze, forming a yellowish crust over the infected area. Although it usually goes away on its own, your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to avoid complications. ...Read more

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What causes impetigo?

What causes impetigo?

A skin infection: Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection. It is usually caused by either streptococcal and/or staphylococcal bacteria. It can be treated with an oral antibiotic or a topical antibiotic like muciporcin. ...Read more

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Can impetigo be cured?

Impetigo: Impetigo is normally, very easy to treat. A topical antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics will treat the infection. ...Read more

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How serious is impetigo?

How serious is impetigo?

Can be : If let alone it can cause heart or kidney problems as it represents a staph infection , an infection that you do not want to ignore ! ...Read more

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How does impetigo spread?

Direct contact: Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact. ...Read more

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How can you get impetigo?

How can you get impetigo?

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. ...Read more

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Where does impetigo start?

Where does impetigo start?

Impetigo: Impetigo is contagious, mostly from direct contact with someone who has it but sometimes from towels, toys, clothing, or household items. After starting, impetigo often spreads to other parts of the body. This is particularly common with impetigo in children. There may be mini epidemics in day-care centers. Bacteria that cause impetigo may enter through a break in the skin. ...Read more

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How do you catch impetigo?

How do you catch impetigo?

Germs get into skin: Impetigo appears after germs get access to the deeper layers of the skin surface. Often a kid with contaminated fingers will scratch a bite or itchy place & open the deeper skin layers where the germs can live off the moisture & serum oozing into the scratch. The germs often produce chemicals that get into the skin & spread redness & germ growth.Some germs are more likely than others to cause it. ...Read more