Impetigo

Children’s skin is more susceptible to infections from fungus and bacteria.

Impetigo is caused by bacteria like streptococcus or staphylococcus commonly found on all children and adults. This skin infection looks like a yellow or honey colored crust. It may start as a small red bump, a pustule or tiny scab. In areas frequently scraped or rubbed, especially around the nose and buttocks. It often follows colds or hayfever when extra rubbing around the nose is natural.

Bacteria are growing in and below the crusts. Treatment involves clearing and cleaning the infected areas. Betadine™ ointment or solution is the best over-the-counter bactericidal agent. Other choices include Bacitracin, Cortisporin and other over-the-counter creams and ointments. Oral antibiotics and prescription creams may be necessary for nonresponsive infections or infections covering many areas of the body at once.

These infections are very contagious. Your child may be required to stay home until the infection responds to treatment and clears up.