A to Z: Impetigoenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgImpetigo is a contagious skin infection caused by bacteria.impetigo, infection, skin, blisters, sores, staph, staphylococcus11/06/201204/05/201909/02/2019a4f6c3b4-4d7b-4aab-8b06-707bb8400185https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-impetigo.html/<p><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/impetigo.html/">Impetigo</a> is a contagious skin infection caused by bacteria.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>One&nbsp;of the most common <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/">skin</a> infections among kids, impetigo usually&nbsp;is caused by one of two bacteria: <em>Streptococcus pyogenes</em> (also called group A <em>streptococcus</em>, which also causes <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/strep-throat.html/">strep throat</a>) or <em>Staphylococcus aureus</em>. <em>Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus</em> (<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/mrsa.html/">MRSA</a>) is also becoming an important cause of impetigo.</p> <p>Impetigo causes blisters or sores around the nose and mouth, neck, hands, forearms, and diaper area. The two types of impetigo are bullous impetigo (large blisters) and non-bullous impetigo (crusted):</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Non-bullous impetigo is most common: tiny blisters form and soon burst, leaving small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid. Gradually, a honey-colored crust covers the affected area.</li> <li>Bullous impetigo is characterized by larger fluid-containing blisters that appear clear, then cloudy, and are more likely to stay intact longer on the skin without bursting.</li> </ul> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>Doctors can usually diagnose impetigo based on its appearance. Occasionally, they may need to take a sample of fluid from blisters. Impetigo is typically treated with either an antibiotic ointment or medication taken by mouth.</p> <p>Good hygiene can help prevent impetigo, which often develops when there is a sore or a rash that has been scratched repeatedly (for example, poison ivy can get infected and turn into impetigo).</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
ImpetigoImpetigo is a contagious skin infection that causes blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area. Learn how this common problem is treated and what can help prevent it.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/impetigo.html/297861be-b655-4f42-ab01-28f80fbc8cd2
Skin, Hair, and NailsOur skin protects the network of tissues, muscles, bones, nerves, blood vessels, and everything else inside our bodies. Hair and nails are actually modified types of skin.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/skin-hair-nails.html/ff7f1929-9dfc-404b-91a9-b45e51633223
Staph InfectionsWhen skin is punctured or broken for any reason, staph bacteria can enter the wound and cause an infection. But good hygiene can prevent many staph infections. Learn more.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/staphylococcus.html/eb617e21-017c-44ab-bc1e-dfa5f4e8cd05
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