What is Impetigo

Contagious bacterial infection of epidermis

  • Can affect any skin region
  • Transmitted by direct contact with infected persons.
  • Primary impetigo: more common in children, infection via minor breaks in skin
  • Secondary impetigo: any age, secondary infection of trauma/wounds
  • Clinical diagnosis, confirmed by gram stain or culture of crust or fluid from bullae.
  • Scattered discrete 1-3cm lesions with honey-coloured crust and surrounding erythema.
  • Most common around mouth/nose.
  • Patients may have lymphadenopathy
  • Treatment can be done by Antibiotics.