Impetigo

How is impetigo diagnosed?

Diagnosing impetigo is generally straightforward and based on the clinical appearance. Occasionally, other conditions may look something like impetigo. Infections such as tinea ("ringworm") or scabies (mites) may be confused with impetigo. It is important to note that not every blister means an impetigo infection. At times, other infected and noninfected skin diseases produce blister-like skin inflammation. Such conditions include herpes cold sores, chickenpox, poison ivy, skin allergies, eczema, and insect bites. Secondary infection of these other skin lesions may sometimes occur. Medical evaluation and occasionally culture tests are used to decide whether topical antibacterial creams will suffice or whether oral antibiotics will be necessary. Continue Reading

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Reviewed on 6/27/2014
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