Physical Health


Impetigo is a common contagious skin infection that may be caused by two germs—Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. Recommended treatment depends on which germs are causing impetigo. With the right treatment, impetigo usually goes away within two to three weeks.

What Are the Signs of Impetigo?

Impetigo usually occurs as a rash on the face, neck, and hands of young children and infants. Children who are in diapers usually get it around the diaper area. Impetigo occurs rarely in adults, usually after another skin infection. The signs of impetigo include red sores that pop easily and leave a yellow crust, fluid-filled blisters, itchy rash, skin lesions, and swollen lymph nodes. The sores can be uncomfortable and painful.