Impetigo is a common and highly contagious skin infection. Impetigo is caused by the
bacteria staphylococcus and group A streptococcus.Impetigo infections are most often
located on the face,nose,neck,hands and diaper area.While impetigo can affect anyone
it usually affects young children more often. The children most susceptible are those
already compromised by another skin condition such as pioson ivy or eczema. Symptoms of
impetigo vary depending on which type. With bullous impetigo there will be large blisters
whereas with non-bullous impetigo there is tiny blisters that burst leaving a yellow/brown
crust over the area.Both types of impetigo are itchy and can be spread to other parts of the
body through scratching the infected area. The best prevention for impetigo is good hygiene,
paying special attention to keeping rashes and open sores clean.Impetigo is most often
treated successfully with a topical antibiotic cream or an oral antibiotic.


Q1:Why are children more likely to get Impetigo? (T.Bartlett)
A1 Children get impetigo more often because they more often have open cuts and sores from playing outside which leads to an entry point for bacteria, and their hygiene is also less clean and have dirty fingernails which spreads the bacteria.
Q2:Is the antibiotic cream that treats it over the counter or do you have to have it prescribed to you? (A.Donaldson)
A1: The doctor will prescribe the antibiotic cream or oral antibiotic.

Q3:Can the infection be transferred from person to person? (D. Antunes)
A3: Impetigo is very contagious and can be spread from person to person, impetigo blisters should be covered up with a form of bandage when out in public or when children are at school, if they are unable to be properly covered the child should stay home from school.

Q4:Why is this infection mainly in certain areas on the body? Why not anywhere? (M. Goldberg)
A4:Impetigo can be spead to anywhere on the body however; it occurs mostly on the face, hands, nose and diaper area because those area tend to be more prone to open sores, cuts, and scrapes.

Q5:What is the cause of the different types? What causes you to get one instead of the other? (G.wilson)
A5:One is caused by staph and strep bacteria,thats the form known as non-bullous impetigo. The other bullous(The medical term for blister is bulla.) is only caused by staph bacteria that produce a toxin that causes a break between the top layer (epidermis) and the lower levels of skin forming a blister. It is ramdom however the non-bullous is more common.