Impetigo: Causes & Symptoms

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Impetigo is a fairly common bacterial infection of the skin that occurs all around the globe and affects more than 100 million people each year.

What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a skin infection rarely seen in adults, as it is closely associated with the frequent touching of bodily fluids, objects, and others, which is more commonly seen in children. Preschool children are particularly prone to impetigo, but so are those who engage in skin-to-skin contact sports, such as wrestlers. It is more commonly found in warm climates and impoverished nations that experience malnutrition and poor hygiene.

Other vulnerabilities to transmission exist but are less common.

  • Bullous impetigo is a rarer form of the disease. It occurs as large-sized blisters on the trunks of infants and young children.
  • Ecthyma is a more serious form of impetigo, and it enters the deeper layers of the skin to cause very painful and pus-filled sores that may develop into deep ulcers.

This disease causes superficial crusts and blisters, so it is not usually scarring. The skin becomes red for some time, but after the crusts go away, this redness also fades within a few days to weeks. After the skin has healed, it is indicated to apply sunscreen regularly.

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Causes of Impetigo

  • Transmission occurs by physical contact with the sores or pus, as well as through other bodily fluids, namely nasal carriers.
  • This bacterial infection can be quite extreme, in some cases, and is caused by the Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus bacteria.
  • It is more commonly found in warm climates and impoverished nations that experience malnutrition and poor hygiene.
  • Its presence in school children can contribute to its rapid spread and lingering presence in the world.

Symptoms of Impetigo

The disease is characterized by sores near the mouth or nose that contain pus and will eventually break. These sores can then be spread to other parts of the body, and while they do not leave a scar when they heal, they can be quite painful.

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