Impetigo is an infection of the skin. It is usually caused by the Staphylococcus Aureus bacteria. Staph is a bacteria that lives on our skin but in some people can cause problems with skin infections such as impetigo or boils.
Impetigo is more commonly seen in younger children, usually below the age of 5 years, however older children and adults can also develop impetigo. It can cause a red raised rash that may ooze a yellow/golden fluid and cause crusting in the area. It is most commonly seen on the face in children, however it can develop in any area of the body.
Risk factors for developing impetigo include younger age (due to scratching and picking of the skin), eczema, warm humid environments, sports (due to contact and chaffing of the skin).
Treatment includes an antibiotic ointment in mild cases. If your child has a severe case of impetigo that is widespread, we may recommend an oral antibiotic.
If your child develops frequent bouts of impetigo or other staph infections of the skin like boils, speak to your pediatrician regarding skin care regimens that may help to eradicate staph from the body and help prevent frequent infections.