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Impetigo is a bacterial infection of your child's skin.

It starts as a red area that may form blisters or a crust the color of honey.

The infection occurs most around the mouth, nose, cuts, scratches and insect bites.

Impetigo can be easily passed to other people (contagious).

For a case of impetigo, call your health care provider, who may prescribe an antibiotic.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic