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How to Prevent Spread of the Skin Infection Impetigo

skin health impetigoImpetigo is a skin infection that commonly occurs during the warm weather. Impetigo is contagious and will affect both adults and children.

Key takeaways:

  • Impetigo is caused by two types of bacteria and is characterized by blisters and sores on areas such as the neck, diaper area, neck and hands.
  • Impetigo is most among children between 2 and 6 years old since they get more scrapes and cuts and scratch more everything.
  • The spread of impetigo can be prevented by cleaning infected areas with clean water and soap.

Left alone, impetigo often clears up on its own after a few days or weeks, Smith said. It’s important to keep the infected area clean and avoid scratching. The problem with leaving it untreated is that it could spread to other areas of the body and to other people.

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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS

Mike Dilkes ENT is based in Central, North, East and South London. Most of our consultations and treatments are carried out either at The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth or The London Independent Hospital. The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth is one of London's biggest and most prestigious private hospitals.

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