Table of Contents
- Impetigo facts
- What is impetigo? What causes impetigo?
- What are the types of impetigo? What are impetigo symptoms and signs? What does impetigo look like?
- Is impetigo contagious?
- How is impetigo diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for impetigo?
- What is the prognosis of impetigo? What are possible complications of impetigo?
- Will impetigo leave scars?
- Is it possible to prevent impetigo? What is the contagious period of impetigo? What is the incubation period of impetigo?
- What types of specialists treat impetigo?
Is Impetigo Contagious?
Impetigo is a highly contagious disease. Impetigo is easily spread from person to person by direct contact with the lesions and/or indirectly by touching items (clothing, sheets, or toys) that have been used by individuals with this skin disease. Indirect transmission is less frequent than direct person-to-person transmission. Bacteria cause impetigo; group A streptococci and staphylococci are the organisms that most frequently cause impetigo.
Quick GuideBacterial Infections 101: Types, Symptoms, and Treatments
- Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the surface of the skin.
- Impetigo is more common in children than in adults.
- The two types of impetigo are nonbullous and bullous impetigo.
- Impetigo symptoms and signs include
- small blisters,
- dark or honey-colored crust that forms after the pustules burst.
- Impetigo is contagious and is caused by strains of both staph and strep bacteria.
- Impetigo is not serious and is easy to treat with either prescription topical or oral antibiotics. Scarring is very rare. Continue Reading
American Academy of Pediatrics. In: Pickering, L.K., C.J. Baker, D.W. Kimberlin, S.S. Long, eds. Red Book: 2012 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012.
Baddour, Larry M. "Impetigo." UptoDate.com. Sept. 2010.
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