Impetigo typically takes the form of red sores around the mouth and nose, but may also spread to the rest of the face, arms, and legs. While babies and young children are most commonly affected by impetigo, it’s still possible for adults to get it as well.
Impetigo sores can range from dime- to quarter-sized, and usually start as small blisters that break and reveal red skin. The open sore is then covered with a scab that begins to spread on the edges. If the affected person continues to scratch at the sores, the infection can worsen and develop into what’s known as ecthyma, which can sometimes leave scars and discoloration behind. As you can imagine, it’s also quite painful, especially for children.
What Causes Impetigo?
Bacteria is the most common cause of impetigo and it can be easily passed from one person to another through contact, including sports and sharing bedding or towels. So, if anyone in your household is showing signs of having impetigo, it’s best to seek treatment immediately in order to prevent it from spreading as well as to address symptoms before they worsen or develop into other problems.
Impetigo Treatment at Image Renu Dermatology
Don’t wait until symptoms worsen! If you or your child is dealing with impetigo, Image Renu Dermatology can provide effective treatment to eliminate it, preventing further spreading and worsening symptoms. Our dermatology-certified nurse practitioner can examine the impetigo and begin a treatment plan that will clear sores up entirely, while helping to minimize any chance of it spreading to others.