Most often found in children, impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that appears around the nose and mouth, as well as on the hands and feet. Dr. Dolder at Greenwich Point Dermatology in Greenwich, CT, can help treat and prevent the spread of impetigo to others.
What are the signs and symptoms of impetigo?
Caused by a bacterial infection, impetigo is extremely contagious. It initially presents as red sores on the face, hands, and/or feet. These lesions start to ooze, later developing honey-hued crusts.
What are my treatment options for impetigo?
To prevent rare complications such as swelling, scarring, and kidney problems, it is essential to see Dr. Dolder as soon as you notice any skin abnormalities and red lesions. Antibiotic ointments and creams are often the first line of defense against impetigo, in addition to warm, wet compresses to help remove any crusty scabs.