Common and highly contagious skin infection that causes sores and blisters


Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection that primarily affects children but can occur in people of all ages. It is characterized by red sores or blisters that develop on the face, around the nose and mouth, and sometimes on other parts of the body. Impetigo is highly contagious and can spread easily through direct contact.


The main symptoms of Impetigo include:

  • Red Sores or Blisters: These sores are typically small, red, and may rupture and develop a honey-colored crust.
  • Itching and Discomfort: The affected areas may be itchy or uncomfortable, leading to scratching.
  • Spreading of Infection: If left untreated, the infection can spread to other areas of the body or to other individuals through contact.


Impetigo is caused by bacteria, primarily Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. These bacteria can enter the skin through cuts, insect bites, or other breaks in the skin barrier.


Treatment for Impetigo typically involves:

  • Antibiotic Cream or Ointment: Topical application of antibiotic creams or ointments can help clear the infection. Your healthcare provider may prescribe a specific antibiotic based on the type and severity of the infection.
  • Oral Antibiotics: In some cases, oral antibiotics may be necessary if the infection is widespread, severe, or does not respond to topical treatment.
  • Good Hygiene Practices: It’s important to practice good hygiene by keeping the affected areas clean and avoiding scratching or picking at the sores to prevent further spread of the infection.


In addition to medical treatment, self-care measures can help manage Impetigo and prevent its spread:

  • Frequent Handwashing: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after touching the affected areas or applying medication.
  • Keep Sores Covered: Cover the sores with sterile dressings or bandages to prevent contact and minimize the risk of spreading the infection.
  • Avoid Sharing Personal Items: Avoid sharing towels, clothing, or other personal items with others to prevent the spread of bacteria.

It’s important to consult with a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis, personalized advice, and appropriate management of Impetigo. They can guide you on the best treatment options and provide recommendations to prevent the spread of the infection.