Impetigo is a common cutaneous infection that is especially prevalent in children. Historically, impetigo is caused by either group A β-hemolytic streptococci or. Impetigo (im-puh-TIE-go) is a common and highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. Impetigo usually appears as. Blisters and crusts on a child’s skin are signs of a common skin infection called impetigo, which is extremely contagious. Treatment can cure this infection and.

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By treating it, you reduce your risk of developing complications. There is not enough evidence to recommend alternative medicine such as tea tree oil or honey. Diagnosis and treatment of impetigo. Host bulsa, such as integrity of the skin barrier with its acidic pH, presence of sebaceous bulosw fatty acids, particularly oleic acidlysozyme and production of defensins and adequate nutritional status, play an important role in resistance to infection.

Staphylococcal infections are present in all age groups.

If you suspect that you or your child has impetigo, consult your family doctor, your child’s pediatrician or a dermatologist. Impetigo is a common cutaneous infection that is especially prevalent in children. Impetigo is an infectiouspredominantly pediatric skin disease caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or, less commonly, Streptococcus pyogenes group A StreptococcusGAS.


Wash everything in hot water. If a dermatologist prescribes an antibiotic you apply to the skin, you would apply it to the skin with impetigo. Streptococci isolated from various skin lesions: Scratching can spread the infection to other parts of the body. Erythromycin, being less expensive, can become the antibiotic of choice for the most impoverished populations. It is available in Brazil in the form of ointment, alone or in combination with bacitracin.

Archived from the original on 16 October Alternatively, amoxicillin combined with clavulanate potassiumcephalosporins first-generation and many others may also be used as an antibiotic treatment. The sores usually occur around the nose and mouth but can be spread to other areas of the body by fingers, clothing and towels.

Host factors impetiggo to determine the onset of disease. The initial lesion is a vesicle, located on an erythematous base, which iseasily ruptured.

Avoiding close contact and sharing of items such as towels with potentially infected individuals is also recommended.

A rash, sore, or burn also provides a great entry point for the bacteria. Glands near the sores may feel swollen.

Impetigo – Knowledge for medical students and physicians

Be sure to use a cleanser or soap and a clean towel to dry off. Support Center Support Impegigo. Fusidic acid in dermatology. Alternatives for people who are seriously allergic to penicillin or infections with methicillin-resistant Staphococcus aureus include doxycyclineclindamycinand trimethoprim-sulphamethoxazole.


Crusty sores form where the blisters have broken open. Advise patients and caregivers to wash hands regularly. Received Nov 15; Accepted Apr 8. Bacterial skin infections in impetiog The amoxicillin associated with clavulanic acid is the combination of one penicillin with a beta-lactamase inhibiting agent clavulanic acidthus enabling adequate coverage for streptococci and staphylococci.

Bullous impetigo

Regional lymphadenopathy is common and fever can occur in severe cases. Bennett JE, et al.

Children with impetigo can return to school 24 hours after starting antibiotic therapy as long as impteigo draining lesions are covered. Rheumatic fever can be a complication of streptococcal pharyngitis or tonsillitis, but it does not occur after skin infections. Bullous impetigo is caused by Staphylococcus aureus, which produces exfoliative toxins, whereas non-bullous impetigo is caused by either Staphylococcus aureusor Streptococcus pyogenes.

Bacitracin A is the main component of commercial products and is generally formulated as a zinc salt.