Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin caused by bacteria, resulting in lesions that are often grouped and have a red base. The lesions eventually open, become crusty and appear honey-colored.

  • Impetigo is very contagious and can be spread throughout a household, with children reinfecting themselves or other family members. Proper hand-washing technique is critical to help decrease the chance of spreading the infection.
  • Impetigo usually occurs on the face, neck, arms and limbs, but the lesions may appear on any part of the body.
  • The condition is made worse by poor hygiene and warm temperatures.
  • Treatment may include oral or topical (skin applied) antibiotics.