What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a common type of skin infection. Picking at sores or scratching itchy bites may allow the bacteria which cause impetigo to enter the skin.
As mentioned above, two main types of bacteria cause impetigo: Streptococcus and Staphylococcus organisms. Both are commonly found in the environment and on the surface of many people's skin. Group A Streptococcus is the most common cause of impetigo. This is the same organism that causes strep throat and can be spread directly from person to person or through contact with contaminated objects.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/16/2015
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