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Impetigo facts

  • Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection.
  • Impetigo is more common in children than in adults.
  • The two types of impetigo are nonbullous and bullous impetigo.
  • Impetigo symptoms and signs include a rash characterized by either
    • small blisters,
    • dark or honey-colored crust that forms after the pustules burst.
  • Impetigo is contagious and is caused by strains of both staph and strep bacteria.
  • Impetigo is not serious and is easy to treat with either prescription topical or oral antibiotics. Scarring is very rare.
Reviewed on 5/3/2017

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