How can I tell if my child has impetigo, and how is the condition treated?

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Impetigo is a condition in which damaged skin is infected by harsh bacteria. The bacteria cause blisters, about the size of a small coin. The red patches rising from the skin may secret liquid that creates an amber-colored crust. These scabs may appear on the face, neck or genital area. Unfortunately, impetigo is an incredibly common infection that is spread among children.

In most cases, impetigo is treated with a prescription ointment that kills the bacteria. Washing the skin is also an essential step in the process of healing. Remember that impetigo is contagious and spreads through contact. Good hygiene is essential.

 

Please check with your doctor regarding any health related questions or issues.

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