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General News · 30th September 2016
Marilyn CCHA
What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a skin infection that usually affects children though adults can get it too. It happens when bacteria gets into cuts and scrapes and other small openings in the skin.

What does it look like?
Red bumps form on the skin, usually on the face, arms or legs. The bumps form blisters that burst and scab over, forming a yellow or brown crust.

What do I do if I think I have impetigo?
Make an appointment and see your doctor or nurse.

How is impetigo treated?

Impetigo is usually treated with topical antibiotics. Sometimes oral antibiotics are necessary.

How do I avoid getting or spreading impetigo?
Good handwashing is the best way to avoid getting or spreading impetigo.

For more information see http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/pdf/hfile81.pdf