Impetigo is an infection of the skin that is caused by either the germs staphylococci, streptococci, or a combination of the two. Impetigo is characterized by honey-colored crusty lesions that are typically found around the mouth and nose. Seasonal outbreaks often occur in the spring and fall months; however, outbreaks may occur throughout the year. It mainly affects children and infants.
How Is It Spread?
Impetigo is generally spread when a patient comes into skin-to-skin contact with other people who are infected. Children who develop impetigo will generally need to be kept home from school and prevented from coming into contact with other children for several days. Patients whose jobs bring them into contact with the public, such as teachers and health care workers, should remain off work for several days.
Recognizing impetigo in children
There are an estimated 3 million cases of impetigo per year in the United States. It looks different than a typical rash, often presenting as a clumping of red sores around the mouth and nose. The sores can rupture and ooze, and then form a yellow-brown crust.
Impetigo is treated by Dr. Myers for patients in Utah Valley to help relieve the itchy or painful lesions and to get rid of the infection completely. Topical antibiotics have proven to be effective in treating impetigo. In addition, Dr. Myers will also recommend some at home treatment strategies.
If you have questions concerning Impetigo, call our office and schedule an appointment to meet with Dr. Myers. At your visit, Dr. Myers will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan for your condition.
Dr. David Myers
Dr. David Myers is a board certified dermatologist and Fellow of the American Society for Mohs Surgery. His expertise and attention to detail make him a trusted doctor in his community.