Impetigo is a contagious bacterial infection of the skin, characterized by tiny blisters with clear, yellow fluid discharge.

Symptoms of Impetigo

The symptoms of impetigo include:

  • Tiny blisters that rupture easily
  • Clear, yellow fluid discharge from the rupture
  • Yellow-colored crust from the dried discharge
  • Scabs
  • Itching or burning sensation

Tiny blisters of impetigo

Impetigo blisters occur most commonly on the face, scalp, arms and legs, especially near cuts, scratches, or insect bites on the skin.

Impetigo is very contagious and can be easily spread to other parts of the body or another person by direct contact or shared clothings or towels.

To avoid scarring, blisters should not be scratched or picked.

Who Gets It?

This condition affects mostly young children, although it may also occur in adults. Adult impetigo cases are usually accompanied by other skin disorders, such as eczema.

Prevention of Impetigo

To prevent the transmission of impetigo, do the following:

  • Avoid direct skin to skin contact with infected person
  • Do not share towels, washclothes, or clothing with an infected person
  • Wash your hands often with antimicrobial soap
  • Gently wash blisters with antimicrobial soap several times a day

Treatments of Impetigo?

Your doctor may prescribe:

  • Oral antibiotics
    Usually a 10-day course of penicillin, cephalexin, or erythromycin.

  • Topical antibiotics, such as mupirocin.

See also:
Impetigo Pictures

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