Impetigo is defined as a skin infection affecting our skin’s top layers. The condition is more common among children between 2 to 6 years of age. Impetigo can be caused by both streptococcus and staphylococcus bacteria; out of the two, the staphylococcus bacteria are responsible for triggering most cases of impetigo. According to medical experts, the symptoms of this skin disease start appearing within 1 to 3 days of being exposed to the strep of staph bacteria. Impetigo mostly appears on sites with insect bites, bruises or scratches; however, one might also develop this skin condition in spite of not having any visible break on the skin.
Initially impetigo appears in form of red sores; these sores rupture within no time and keep on oozing for a number of days. The infected fluids coming out of the impetigo blisters results in spreading of the skin disease to every body part that comes in contact with the fluid. Scratching can also result in oozing of the fluid containing impetigo causing bacteria. The impetigo sores eventually get covered by a yellowing brown colored crust. The common body parts of a child getting affected by these sores are the face, the mouth and the nose. The sores are itchy in nature.
Severe cases of impetigo can be manifested in form of high fever. The patient might also suffer from lymphadenopathy or swelling of the lymph nodes. Lymphadenopathy is noticed in the areas affected by the infection.
Usually, the impetigo sores take a lot of time to heal completely; however, mostly they don’t leave any scar. There are cures for this infection; however, most patients experience recurrence of impetigo.