Small red or pink sores among young children or infants may be a sign of impetigo. This is a highly contagious bacterial infection. Impetigo can be treated with the help of a dermatologist or other care provider. If you notice signs of impetigo and are located in or near Poulsbo, Washington, call West Sound Dermatology.
What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a bacterial infection which is most common in children and infants ages 2-5. The primary symptom of an impetigo infection is red or pink sores on the nose and mouth area or on the hands and feet. These sores typically rupture and crust. In some cases, impetigo can also occur on the trunk; these infections are known as bullous impetigo.
Impetigo spreads through direct contact with an infected person or a contaminated object. The infection can spread when infected children share clothing, towels, bedding or toys. It is more common in humid and warm weather and often spreads in daycares or schools or among family members.
Impetigo is typically treated using a prescription antibiotic. This medication comes in the form of a cream or ointment, which should be applied directly to impetigo sores two to three times per day. Your provider will explain the length of the treatment required and any other directions. In some cases, they may also prescribe oral antibiotics.