Impetigo is a common and highly contagious skin infection that causes sores and blisters. It’s not usually serious and often improves within a week of treatment or within a few weeks without treatment.
- Starts with red sores- usually around nose and mouth but other areas can be affected.
- Sores burst quickly leaving behind thick, golden crusts typically around 2cm across.
- After crusts dry they leave a red mark on the skin which usually fades without scarring after between a few days and a few weeks.
- Appearance of fluid filled blisters- usually on central part of body between waist and neck.
- Blisters may spread quickly before bursting after several days to leave a yellow crust that heal without scarring.
- Blisters may be painful and the area of skin surrounding them may be itchy.
- Swollen glands
When to see your GP:
We advise you to bring your child to see their GP if you feel they have symptoms of Impetigo.