Symptoms of Impetigo
The symptoms of an Impetigo infection generally take the form of a rash, blisters/pustules and wounds. An impetigo infection begins with a small, itchy rash that later develops into pustules or an inflammation that oozes fluid, depending on whether the infection is non-bullous or bullous impetigo.
The bacteria that cause impetigo thrive better on damp and irritated skin. Due to this reason Impetigo is often found around the nose and mouth. If Impetigo is not treated the infection spreads to other areas of the body.
Impetigo infections that are developed from skin lesions (skin changes from eczema, wounds, etc.) also have symptoms such as fever, conjunctival inflammation, redness and flaking of the skin. In more severe cases of Impetigo itching and pain may be experienced. It is common for these symptoms to initially be mistaken for a normal skin infection or an allergic reaction.
This miscalculation occurs normaly before the skin begins to detach, which is developed from prior areas with redness.
Children and adults who have a prior skin disorder are more prone to develop Impetigo. When people scratch an irritated skin it is easier for the bacteria to gain access to an environment where it can multiply. To prevent an Impetigo infection it is especially important to maintain good hygiene.
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