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Does a particular pathogen cause impetigo?

Does a particular pathogen cause impetigo?

Yes: Impetigo is caused by one of two bacteria-staphlococcus or streptococcus. It is contagious to others. It is either treated with a cream or antibiotic pills depending on how bad it is. ...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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Does impetigo cause scarring?

Does impetigo cause scarring?

Generally not: Impetigo is a superficial skin infection, when healed you are left with a mild redness for a couple of weeks. Unless the infection is deep, such as carbuncles or inflamed cysts, scar generally does not result. Impetigo, by definition, is superficial, thus does not generally leave scars. ...Read more

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How many different germs commonly cause impetigo?

Usually staph/strep: The two most common causes of impetigo are stahyloccocus (usually staph aureus) and streptococcus. ...Read more

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Can folliculitis cause someone to get impetigo after touching?

Can folliculitis cause someone to get impetigo after touching?

How old are you?: We need to know your age. Please put it in your public profile. We cannot answer questions from minors. Knowing your country or state helps, too. Age, location, and gender, can affect our answer, since some conditions are more likely in different places or in different age groups. Be honest! You expect if of us, & we expect it of you! List any meds you take, & any chronic medical problems, too. ...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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What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?

Skin infection: Impetigo is a term used to describe a superficial skin infection that causes painful redness, occasionally blisters and hallmark has " honey-crusted" lesions. It is highly contagious through skin contact and is usually caused by staph aureus and occasionally streptococcus. It is treated with antibiotics - usually oral and topical along with keeping lesions clean with soap and water. ...Read more

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Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?

Is impetigo caused by herpes simplex 2? Or can it be a cause? Or is impetigo simply from bacteria?

Bacteria: Impetigo is usually either strep or staph skin germs. Hs1 is a dna virus that often triggers cycles of skin disruption in specific places like the "cold sore". A swab of a hs1 site can often be contaminated with skin bacteria, but they are not the trigger, they are just feasting on any serum left around the site. There can be some similarities in how the two look. ...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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