Common Symptoms

  • Red Sores
  • Sores may be crusted or blisters
  • Sores may weep fluid
  • Usually not painful but may be somewhat itchy

Impetigo is most often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus but can sometimes be caused by Streptococci. Impetigo is a contagious skin condition and requires antibiotics. Your child may need topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics. Impetigo is contagious until at least two days of antibiotics have been given and there is evidence of improvement. Your child should avoid close contact with other children during this period, and you should avoid touching the rash. To help prevent impetigo you can keep your child’s fingernails clipped short and practice good handwashing.