What is it?
Impetigo is a skin condition caused by infection of the skin. Most commonly it is caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus Aureus. Typically it affects children from 2 to 5 year old, but may occur at any age. The disease is highly contagious.
What are the symptoms?
Typically impetigo causes symptoms around the mouth and nose, but may be present on other body parts. Symptoms include a red, open skin with a yellow crust. Blisters may be present. The affected area may itch or hurt.
What to expect?
In addition to treatment by your GP the following things may help:
- Try not to touch the affected area’s.
- Take hygienic measures, such as frequent hand washing, to prevent spread to other body parts and other people.