Impetigo is a common and contagious skin infection that is more common in children. Impetigo usually appears as red sores on the face, especially around nose and mouth, and on hands and feet. The sores burst and develop honey-colored crusts.

It is caused by bacteria and may spread when you come into contact with the sores of someone who’s infected or with items they’ve touched – such as clothing, bed linen, towels and even toys.

Impetigo is usually treated with topical antibiotic ointment, or sometimes oral antibiotics might be needed in severe cases. Swabs for bacterial cultures would be done in selected cases.

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