Impetigo

Monday, October 20, 2014

Impetigo is one of the most common skin infections among children. It usually produces blisters or sores on the face, neck, hands, and diaper area. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about impetigo in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the top layer of skin. It is often seen around the nose or mouth, or somewhere else on the face. It may also be on the legs, arms or diaper area. Signs include:

Red sores that quickly burst, ooze and then form a yellowish-brown crust

Painless, fluid-filled blisters

Itching, and

In rare cases, fever with enlarged lymph nodes

Impetigo is most common in children, but adults can also get it. The rash of impetigo can look like blisters, a sore or a burn. You should have your doctor look at the rash and choose how to best treat it.

It can be treated with an antibiotic ointment or cream such as mupirocin or retapamulin. If the rash is on a large portion of your body, you may need to take antibiotics by mouth.

Impetigo usually heals without scarring. Because your child can get it by touching others who have it and can spread it by scratching, you should wash your child's hands often.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.