Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that typically presents as red bumps on the face or body, which eventually form blisters that burst and scab, creating a distinctive honey-colored crust. It usually starts when bacteria enter healthy skin through any small opening, like a scrape, cut, or bug bite. The most common types of bacteria involved in impetigo are Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus group A, commonly called “staph” and “strep” infections. Impetigo most commonly affects young children, but can appear at any age.
At Florida Skin Center, our providers usually diagnose impetigo clinically, and when necessary, can confirm the diagnosis by bacterial culture sent to the laboratory. Treatment of impetigo consists of topical and/or oral antibiotics, depending on the severity, location, and size of the infection. It is important to treat impetigo promptly because a lack of treatment can lead to serious complications.
Because impetigo is contagious, our Dermatology specialists will be happy to educate you about how to prevent the spread of infection, for example, reminding you that washing your hands often with soap and water is a very important step in maintaining your loved ones’ health. Please contact Florida Skin Center today if you suspect that you may have impetigo.