Bacterial Skin Infections

Picture of Impetigo

Picture of Impetigo

Impetigo is a common skin infection that may be caused by either Staphylococcus or Streptococcus bacteria. Children are more likely to be affected by the condition than adults. Impetigo starts as red blisters that later erupt and form yellow, crusty sores. Topical antibiotics may be used to treat the condition. Impetigo is contagious. Uninfected individuals should avoid contact with the lesions.

Image Source: Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas & Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology Klaus Wolff, Richard Allen Johnson, Dick Suurmond Copyright 2005, 2001, 1997, 1993 by The McGraw-Hill Companies. All Rights reserved.

Text Reference: "Impetigo." American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

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