What is it?
A bacterial infection usually caused by streptococcus or staphylococcus aureus. It is the most common skin condition among kids.
Easily spread via contact with the infected area, contact with items that contacted the infected area (towels, clothing, etc.), scratching the infected area and touching other parts of the body or other people. More easily contracted if the skin has been irritated or injured by other skin problems, such as eczema, poison ivy, insect bites, or a skin allergy to soap or makeup.
Most commonly affects areas around the nose and mouth, hands, and forearms. Blisters or sores that may eventually burst and leave small wet patches of red skin that may ooze. May see a honey-colored crust cover the affected area.
Treatment: See physician, will prescribe antibiotics–either topical or oral (complete entire prescription!); non-contact for 48-72 hours, as directed by physician.
Good hygiene (regular hand washing), do not share personal items (towels, clothing, etc.), keep cuts, rashes, etc. (any break in the skin) clean and covered during practice/competition.
What does impetigo look like?