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What is impetigo?
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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Pediatrics
5 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Ruben Nazario
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Dr. Jason Perkel
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo is a usually benign, localized skin infection that is treated with either an antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic.
It has a "honey crusted" appearance.

In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo is a usually benign, localized skin infection that is treated with either an antibiotic ointment or an oral antibiotic.
It has a "honey crusted" appearance.
Dr. Jason Perkel
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a superficial skin infection.
It is common around the nose and on the face of children who have had colds. It may also develop in children with eczema. Though contagious, it is rarely life-threatening. Sometimes, using an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment (such as neosporin or polysporin) topically may help. Other times, a prescription topical or oral antibiotic must be prescribed.

In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a superficial skin infection.
It is common around the nose and on the face of children who have had colds. It may also develop in children with eczema. Though contagious, it is rarely life-threatening. Sometimes, using an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment (such as neosporin or polysporin) topically may help. Other times, a prescription topical or oral antibiotic must be prescribed.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics
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In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo essentially means a common skin infection.
It usually sets in from a common break in the skin, such as a scratch or an insect bite. Then the bacteria that is already on the skin take advantage and an inection sets in. Impetigo usually has a yellow crusty appearance (like dried honey).

In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo essentially means a common skin infection.
It usually sets in from a common break in the skin, such as a scratch or an insect bite. Then the bacteria that is already on the skin take advantage and an inection sets in. Impetigo usually has a yellow crusty appearance (like dried honey).
Dr. Marcus Degraw
Dr. Marcus Degraw
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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Arthur Torre
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria.
There is usually yellowish crusty material on the rash. Impetigo can spread from person to person, and should be evaluated and treated by a doctor.

In brief: A skin infection
Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria.
There is usually yellowish crusty material on the rash. Impetigo can spread from person to person, and should be evaluated and treated by a doctor.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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In brief: Skin infection
It is contagious and can spread on the same person to other parts of the body, especially parts that touch the infected spot. It is typically round and crusty with a honey-colored crust and can look like a cigarette burn. It is treated with antibiotics, either topically or by mouth if there are multiple spots.

In brief: Skin infection
It is contagious and can spread on the same person to other parts of the body, especially parts that touch the infected spot. It is typically round and crusty with a honey-colored crust and can look like a cigarette burn. It is treated with antibiotics, either topically or by mouth if there are multiple spots.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Stephen Hefler
Pediatrics
In brief: Bacterial skin infec
Normally, the skin is a barrier to infection and on top of the skin are many bacteria, including staph and strep germs.
When the skin gets "broken", these germs get underneath and cause impetigo. Strep impetigo is usually an area covered by a honey-colored crust whereas staph impetigo is usually a blister filled with pus.

In brief: Bacterial skin infec
Normally, the skin is a barrier to infection and on top of the skin are many bacteria, including staph and strep germs.
When the skin gets "broken", these germs get underneath and cause impetigo. Strep impetigo is usually an area covered by a honey-colored crust whereas staph impetigo is usually a blister filled with pus.
Dr. Stephen Hefler
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Dr. Lawrence Rosen
Pediatrics
In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a superficial skin infection with typically either staph or strep bacteria.
It is most common near the nose or mouth, infecting areas with skin irritation. It can be treated usually by topical antibiotic creams, and it can be contagious.

In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a superficial skin infection with typically either staph or strep bacteria.
It is most common near the nose or mouth, infecting areas with skin irritation. It can be treated usually by topical antibiotic creams, and it can be contagious.
Dr. Lawrence Rosen
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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics
In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection, often occurring around the nose and mouth.
It usually looks like a crusted scabby rash that doesn't heal, and usually spreads. Often, there is redness or scabbing in the nostrils. Often caused by staph or strep bacteria, it requires antibiotic treatment. See your pediatrician if you suspect impetigo. It is contagious.

In brief: Skin infection
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection, often occurring around the nose and mouth.
It usually looks like a crusted scabby rash that doesn't heal, and usually spreads. Often, there is redness or scabbing in the nostrils. Often caused by staph or strep bacteria, it requires antibiotic treatment. See your pediatrician if you suspect impetigo. It is contagious.
Dr. Pamela Lindor
Dr. Pamela Lindor
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