Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infection that causes sores and blisters. It’s not usually very serious, and often gets better within a week of starting treatment. It can occur at any age, but it is most common in children.

You might have impetigo if you have:

Red sores and blisters
Grainy, golden patches of skin (looks similar to cornflakes)
Itchy skin around the affected area
Impetigo starts with red sores or blisters that quickly burst and leave behind grainy, golden patches of skin.
  • Coming into contact with someone else with impetigo
  • Having an open wound or scratch (primary impetigo)
  • An underlying skin condition like eczema (secondary impetigo)
  • Wash your hands thoroughly after touching affected areas
  • Avoid physical contact with other people
  • Avoid going to work, school or the gym
  • Do not share items like towels with others

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