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?
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