Impetigo caused by Staphylococcus aureus

Impetigo Caused by Staphylococcus aureus

Impetigo is a common skin infection typically caused by either Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes. It causes red sores/blisters that fill with fluid and can easily burst. Untreated impetigo can result in complications such as cellulitis or septicaemia.

Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most common causes of impetigo and is highly contagious. It is spread through direct contact with an infected person or by touching an infected object such as towels, toys or bedding.

Here are some common signs and symptoms of impetigo caused by Staphylococcus aureus:

  • Redness, soreness or itching of the affected area
  • Fluid-filled blisters that may ooze and then form a honey-colored crust
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fever

If you think you or your child may have impetigo caused by Staphylococcus aureus, contact your doctor right away. Treatment typically involves antibiotics. Wash your hands regularly and don't share any personal items like towels, razors or bedding to help prevent the infection from spreading.