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Impetigo (Children)

Signs & Symptoms

Impetigo typically starts with blisters which then rupture, forming lesions with a characteristic "golden-yellow" crust on the surface. 

What causes it

Impetigo is contagious and can be transmitted through direct skin contact or by sharing personal times such as towels or toys. Scratching affected areas can also spread the infection to other parts of the body.

About the condition

Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection of the skin, particularly prevalent among pre-school children.

Diagnosis and Treatment Options

For mild cases of impetigo, topical antibiotics are often effective. In more severe cases, or when lesions are widespread, oral antibiotics are prescribed.

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