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What are the types of impetigo? What are impetigo symptoms and signs? What does impetigo look like?

There are two forms of impetigo:

  • Non-bullous impetigo: This is the more common form, caused by both staph and strep bacteria. This form initially presents as small red papules similar to insect bites. These lesions rapidly evolve to small blisters and then to pustules that finally scab over with a characteristic honey-colored crust. This entire process usually takes several days. These lesions often start around the nose and on the face, but less frequently they may also affect the arms and legs. At times, there may be non-tender but swollen lymph nodes (glands) nearby.
  • Bullous impetigo: This form of impetigo is caused only by staph bacteria. These bacteria produce a toxin that reduces cell-to-cell stickiness (adhesion) causing separation between the top skin layer (epidermis) and the lower layer (dermis). This leads to the formation of a blister. (The medical term for blister is bulla.) Bullae can appear in various skin areas, especially the buttocks and trunk. These blisters are fragile and contain a clear yellow-colored fluid. The bullae are delicate and often break and leave red, raw skin with a ragged edge. A dark crust will commonly develop during the final stages of development. With healing, this crust will resolve.
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Comment from: April, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I have had Impetigo now for a little over what seems like 2 months. I try very hard not to scratch so as not to make it spread but it is very hard when my whole body itches. I have it in my groin area and my bottom, also a spot on my stomach and on my leg. I need to know something to get rid of it fast, as my husband has it on his penis head and in his groin area, probably form me. I am devastated about this because I am tired of scratching like a mad person in public. I am on medications orally and topically. I use Neosporin 2 times a day and take a pill and nothing seems to work; it seems to be spreading.

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Comment from: JJ, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 26

My son was getting staph infections on his fingers, impetigo and straight up boil like infections. The doctor told me we all carry staph on our bodies but sometimes it crosses the blood barrier and goes systemic. It can be via nose, eye, mouth, as well as through cuts and sores. He said the fingernails are notorious carriers of a dense amount. For those of you who get it frequently I suggest, upon awakening, clean under each nail with a sharp tip then soak fingers in antibacterial soap or gel and rinse. Also clean your tool. It takes about 7 minutes (or less) once you get the habit of it and it has stopped my son's staph, now 4 years clean with nothing! The nails in truth are probably the germiest things; even if they look clean they are full of microbes. Keep them clean and watch your health improve.

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