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Impetigo (cont.)

Impetigo Prognosis

Impetigo is easy to treat. Complications occur very infrequently. One potentially serious complication is inflammation of the kidney. This can occur because of a complex immune reaction to the bacteria and is called glomerulonephritis. If someone has blood in their urine, facial or skin swelling, or a rise in blood pressure, he or she should see a physician immediately, since these may be symptoms of kidney involvement.

REFERENCES:

Feaster, T., and J. Singer. "Topical Therapies for Impetigo." Pediatric Emergency Care 26.3 Mar. 2010: 222-227.

Geria, A., and R. Schwartz. "Impetigo Update: New Challenges in the Era of Methicillin Resistance." Cutis 85.2 Feb. 2010: 65-70.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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