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Impetigo

 

Impetigo is a contagious skin infection causing blisters usually in young children.

Causes

  • Staphylococcus aureus bacteria
  • Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria

Symptoms

  • Blisters that break easily
  • Sores on face, arms, legs and diaper area
  • Oozing
  • Honey colored crust
  • Itching
  • Swollen lymph nodes near infection

Treatment

  • Regular washing with soap and water
  • Topical antibiotics
  • Oral antibiotics

Prevention

  • Good hygiene
  • Avoiding contact with infected person and objects