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How does impetigo spread?

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Dr. Karen Han
Dermatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Direct contact

Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact.

In brief: Direct contact

Impetigo spreads by direct skin to skin contact.
Dr. Karen Han
Dr. Karen Han
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Dr. Henry Bloom
Family Medicine

In brief: 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..

In brief: 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..
Dr. Henry Bloom
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