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Impetigo

Impetigo is a common, highly contagious bacterial skin infection.

It mostly affects young children and infants. But people of any age can get it from contact with someone who is infected.

Most impetigo is caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. The infection isn’t usually serious, but sometimes complications may develop.

Topical antibiotics usually clear up impetigo in 7 to 10 days. It can also clear up on its own in 2 to 4 weeks, but you’ll have a greater risk of developing complications without antibiotics.

Symptoms:

  • Common in babies and children
  • Rash is often located in the area around the mouth, chin, and nose
  • Irritating rash and fluid-filled blisters that pop easily and form a honey-colored crust

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