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Impetigo, which is also known as school sores, is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that is commonly seen on children under the age of five. However, it is not impossible for older children and adults to become infected with this skin infection as well. Impetigo skin rash is a communicable disease that is transferred from one person to another through direct skin-to-skin contact as well as through nasal mucus. Impetigo skin rash , which appears as a crusty sore on a child’s face, arms, trunk, legs and feet, are easily treated with topical and oral antibiotics with the appropriate diagnosis. There are various strains of the impetigo virus, all of which are caused by a different form of the Staphylococcus virus. The different forms of impetigo skin rashes are Impetigo contagiosa, Bullous impetigo and Ecthyma.
Impetigo contagiosa, which is commonly seen as small lesions or puss filled blisters, is normally treated with a topical cream or liquid that is to be applied daily as prescribed by your doctor. This is one of the most common forms of impetigo skin rash. However, it is not unusual to see more severe symptoms with impetigo skin rash. These symptoms are flu-like and can cause vomiting, fever and nausea in some people.
Bullous impetigo one of the more severe forms of impetigo skin rash more commonly affects small children under the age of two. This form of impetigo skin rash will cause small red fluid filled sores that will itch but are not sore to touch. This form of impetigo will cause sores that have a yellow colored crust or scab and will last from four to six weeks or longer.
Ecthyma, which is the most severe form of impetigo skin rash, will cause deep sores that penetrate the skin. These sores will form a crust or scab that is honey colored and will be painful to touch. These sores will leave ulcer like scars after the infection has subsided and takes both oral and topical antibiotics to kill the infection so that the sores may heal.
Impetigo skin rashes can be prevented by using appropriate hygiene. Washing your hands and body thoroughly with warm soapy water will ensure there is less bacteria to be spread on your hands. Those with impetigo skin rash should stay indoors for 3 to 9 days to prevent any bacteria from entering the open sores and causing a more severe infection.
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