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Impetigo is a common skin infection that is caused by bacteria. Learn what to look for, and what you and your doctor can do to care for your child.

Key points

  • Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria.
  • Symptoms of impetigo include small or large blisters. The blisters appear on a red background. They are filled with pus. They occur around the mouth or nose area. They may also occur in the diaper area and can spread to other parts of the body.
  • Impetigo is caused by bacteria. The bacteria enter the body through a cut or cracked skin.
  • An antibiotic ointment and sometimes an oral antibiotic is used to treat the infection.
  • Impetigo spreads easily by touch. Keep your child away from other children until the infection clears.
Last updated: June 26th 2023