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Impetigo

Impetigo

Description : The superficial layers of the epidermis may become infected with Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes.

The initial lesion consists of an infected vesicle or pustule that ruptures and dries to produce the typical yellowish crusts.

Both the pustules and the crusts contain viable bacteria and are highly contagious.

Macerated and moist skin is particularly susceptible to bacterial infections.

This condition is surprisingly painless and the most common symptom is the presence of the crusty scabs and local itching.

Treatment consists of the application of a topical cream containing an
antibiotic which is effective against the causative organisms, e.g. Bactroban.

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