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. For inclusivity, this guide uses "them" and "their."
Reviewed By: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
First Published: 02/01/2010
Last Reviewed: 01/01/2016