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What causes impetigo?

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Staph or strep bacteria are usually the cause of impetigo, a contagious rash that usually shows up as blisters with a honey-colored crust.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 13, 2020

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 13, 2020

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