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    Impetigo: Sores on the Upper Lip

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    Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that is caused by strep or staph bacteria. The infection often begins when bacteria that normally can be present on the skin enter a small cut or scratch.

    Symptoms of impetigo include yellow, crusty, oozing blisters or sores. The sores can appear anywhere on the body. Scratching the blisters may spread impetigo to other parts of the body. Impetigo is more common in children than adults.

    Impetigo is treated with antibiotics.

    ByHealthwise Staff
    Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
    Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics

    Current as ofSeptember 9, 2014

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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