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Impetigo is a bacterial skin
infection that is caused by strep or staph bacteria. The infection often begins when bacteria that
normally can be present on the skin enter a small cut or scratch.
Symptoms of impetigo include yellow, crusty, oozing blisters or
sores. The sores can appear anywhere on the body. Scratching the
blisters may spread impetigo to other parts of the body. Impetigo is more
common in children than adults.
Impetigo is treated with
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics