10 Infantigo Symptoms

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Infantigo, also called impetigo, is a common schoolyard infection that's usually caused by staphylococci organisms. Children develop uncomfortable sores and patches on their skin that may last for several days and are highly contagious. Skin that's already irritated by insect bites, eczema or other small injuries may be more vulnerable to the bacteria.1‘Impetigo.’ Nemours KidsHealth - the Web’s Most Visited Site About Children’s Health, kidshealth.org/en/parents/impetigo.html

While infantigo is a common and generally harmless illness, there are multiple types. The mildest form may look unusual but will generally go away while the most severe could cause scarring and wider infection. Responding to more serious symptoms early could help prevent lasting damage to the skin.2‘Impetigo - Symptoms and Causes.’ Mayo Clinic, 21 Apr. 2021, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/impetigo/symptoms-causes/syc-20352352

Red Sores

The common form of infantigo begins with small reddish sores. These sores are likely to form around the nose and mouth first, though they can also affect the arms, legs or buttocks. The reddish color may be more difficult to see initially in children who have darker skin tones.3‘Impetigo.’ Nhs.uk, 19 Oct. 2017, www.nhs.uk/conditions/impetigo/#symptoms

Sores from infantigo quickly burst. Fluid may ooze from the sores, leaving patches of wet, reddish skin around the child's mouth. This process may occur over a week to 10 days. Parents should call their doctor at the earliest signs of infantigo and keep their child home from school.2‘Impetigo - Symptoms and Causes.’ Mayo Clinic, 21 Apr. 2021, www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/impetigo/symptoms-causes/syc-20352352

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