Impetigo

Common Name(s)

Impetigo

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that is caused by bacteria. The condition usually affects children between the ages of 2 and 6 years old. Symptoms include itchy red sores that can develop anywhere on the body, but usually occur on the face. The sores open (rupture) after a few days and then develop a yellow-brown crust.

Risk factors for developing impetigo include age (children are at higher risk), living in crowded conditions, living in a warm or humid climate, playing sports with skin to skin contact, or having open skin sores. Impetigo spreads through contact with an infected person or an item that they have touched including clothes, bed sheets, towels, or toys.

A doctor usually diagnoses impetigo by closely looking at (examining) the skin. Many cases of impetigo get better and go away on their own. However, the use of antibiotics may be necessary to help the infection clear up more quickly. If your child has been diagnosed with impetigo, talk with their doctor about the treatment option that is best for them.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Impetigo" returned 81 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Scabies and impetigo in Timor-Leste: A school screening study in two districts.
 

Author(s): Laura M Korte, Asha C Bowen, Anthony D K Draper, Kim Davis, Annette Steel, Ines Teodora, Ivonia Mascarenhas, Benjamin Dingle, Joshua R Francis

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Scabies and impetigo are common and important skin conditions which are often neglected in developing countries. Limited data have been published on the prevalence of scabies and impetigo in Timor-Leste. Sequelae including cellulitis, bacteraemia, nephritis, acute rheumatic fever ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Recurrent impetigo herpetiformis: case report.
 

Author(s): Emmanuel Wekesa Wamalwa

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Impetigo herpetiformis (pustular psoriasis of pregnancy) is a rare dermatosis of pregnancy that typically starts in the 2 half of pregnancy and resolves postpartum. It may recur in subsequent pregnancies. I present a case of 23 year old female gravida 4 para 3 with recurrent impetigo ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Incremental Contributions of FbaA and Other Impetigo-Associated Surface Proteins to Fitness and Virulence of a Classical Group A Streptococcal Skin Strain.
 

Author(s): Candace N Rouchon, Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Feng Luo, Sergio Lizano, Debra E Bessen

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Group A streptococci (GAS) are highly prevalent human pathogens whose primary ecological niche is the superficial epithelial layers of the throat and/or skin. Many GAS strains with a strong tendency to cause pharyngitis are distinct from strains that tend to cause impetigo; thus, ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Impetigo" returned 10 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Management of impetigo and cellulitis: Simple considerations for promoting appropriate antibiotic use in skin infections.
 

Author(s): Lynette Kosar, Tessa Laubscher

Journal: Can Fam Physician. 2017 08;63(8):615-618.

 

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Tissue tropisms in group A Streptococcus: what virulence factors distinguish pharyngitis from impetigo strains?
 

Author(s): Debra E Bessen

Journal: Curr. Opin. Infect. Dis.. 2016 06;29(3):295-303.

 

Group A streptococci (GAS) are a common cause of pharyngitis and impetigo, and distinct throat strains and skin strains have been long recognized. This review aims to describe recent advances in molecular differences between throat and skin strains, and the pathogenic mechanisms used ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The Global Epidemiology of Impetigo: A Systematic Review of the Population Prevalence of Impetigo and Pyoderma.
 

Author(s): Asha C Bowen, Antoine Mahé, Roderick J Hay, Ross M Andrews, Andrew C Steer, Steven Y C Tong, Jonathan R Carapetis

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We conducted a comprehensive, systematic review of the global childhood population prevalence of impetigo and the broader condition pyoderma.

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