Streptococcal impetigo

What is Streptococcal Impetigo?

Streptococcal Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection caused by group A Streptococcus (GAS). It is common in children between 2 and 5 years old, but can affect people of any age. Streptococcal Impetigo is characterized by red, itchy sores that often resemble blisters.

Symptoms of Streptococcal Impetigo usually include:

  • Red bumps, patches, or sores on the skin
  • Blisters that bursts and forms a yellowish-brown crust
  • Itching and pain around the affected area

The most common cause of Streptococcal Impetigo is touching or scratching an area of skin that is already infected. This can spread the infection to other areas of the body. It is also possible to contract the infection from coming into contact with an infected person or object.

Treatment for Streptococcal Impetigo typically includes medications like topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics like penicillin. It is important to finish the full course of antibiotics prescribed, even if the infection has cleared up. Keeping the affected area clean and covered with a sterile dressing can also help to prevent the spread of the infection.