What Is Impetigo?

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By james
Oct 10, 2020
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People are always picking up scratches here and there. It tends to happen most among active people, but even less active people can easily pick up scratches and other wounds when at home. The injuries themselves will not usually be serious, but they can make us prone to certain other medical conditions.

Damage to the skin may allow pathogens to get in where they would otherwise not be able to pass through. Our immune system will usually be able to deal with this, but not always. Infections can occur as a result, and they can be serious in some cases. Thankfully, most infections of this nature are not serious, one example of which is impetigo.

1. Non-Bullous Impetigo

There are two main types of impetigo, one of which is non-bullous impetigo. ‘Non-bullous’ refers to the facts that the condition does not cause blisters. However, it will still cause red sores to appear. Other symptoms include swollen glands and a fever, but these are rare.

The sores will generally appear around the mouth and nose, but other parts of the body can also be affected. They can be itchy, but they are not usually painful. These sores are will usually be around 2cm in diameter, and they will burst early on. After bursting, a thick, golden crust will develop that is similar in appearance to having cornflakes stuck on the skin. The sores will eventually disappear after a few days or weeks.

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