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Skin Infection (Impetigo)

Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that is most common in children. It is caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

Symptoms of impetigo may include:

  • Red sores that quickly turn into blisters

  • Blisters that break open and ooze fluid, forming a yellow-brown crust

  • Itching and/or pain around the affected area

  • Swollen lymph nodes

Red flags that may indicate a more serious condition include:

  • Fever

  • Rapidly spreading sores

  • Large areas of skin affected

  • Presence of abscesses

Treatment for impetigo typically involves topical or oral antibiotics to kill the bacteria causing the infection. Self-care measures can also help alleviate symptoms and prevent the spread of infection, including:

  • Keeping the affected area clean and dry

  • Applying warm compresses to the affected area to help relieve itching and pain

  • Avoiding contact with others until the sores have healed

  • Washing hands frequently to prevent the spread of infection

In severe cases or if the infection does not respond to treatment, referral to a healthcare provider may be necessary. They may recommend medical treatments such as:

  • Prescription-strength antibiotics

  • Drainage of abscesses

  • In severe cases, hospitalization for intravenous antibiotics

Prevention measures include practicing good hygiene, avoiding close contact with others who have impetigo, and keeping wounds clean and covered to prevent infection.

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