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Impetigo

BY ALEXIS NOEL

What is Impetigo?

How Impetigo Is Treated/Prevented

Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. The infections causes red irritations on the skin, such as sores. The sores can then burst open, ooze fluid, and develop a crust that can appear yellow or brown. These sores are most commonly found around the nose and mouth but can be found anywhere on the body. These infections can start as small red bumps and then quickly form a blister. The blister is then very easy to open. These sores are generally not painful but can be itchy.

Impetigo can be treated different ways depending on how serious the infection is. For mild cases of Impetigo a doctor will prescribe an antibiotic ointment cream that can be put on the infected area. For more serious cases the doctor may prescribe antibiotic pills to help the infection go down.

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin disease and spreads easily. There are things that can be done to prevent from getting this though (below).

*good hygiene *wash hands * short fingernails * avoid contact with infected person

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