Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin that appears most frequently in warm humid environments. Most commonly occurs on the face but can occur anywhere. Symptoms of an infection include:
Impetigo is very contagious and is spread by touch from one person to another. A person with impetigo can also spread the infection from one spot on the body to another by touching themselves. Personal hygiene does not affect a person's likelihood of developing impetigo, nor should impetigo be viewed as an indication of poor hygiene.
Treatment for impetigo is fairly simple: Impetigo lesions should be washed with a mild soap in the morning and evening. Gentle washing will usually be enough to remove the crusts; vigorous washing can delay healing and spread the infection. Antibiotic ointment is applied lightly over the lesions. Occasionally, oral antibiotics are prescribed.