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Will impetigo leave scars?

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Dr. Ralph Rosato
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Maybe

If the condition is prolonged or if there are repeated infections it may leave scars.
Also keep the red areas out of the sun till the red color returns to normal.

In brief: Maybe

If the condition is prolonged or if there are repeated infections it may leave scars.
Also keep the red areas out of the sun till the red color returns to normal.
Dr. Ralph Rosato
Dr. Ralph Rosato
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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