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Impetigo Skin Infection

Rash Pictures - Impetigo


Updated October 19, 2009

Impetigo Skin Infection
Photo © Heather L. Brannon, MD
Impetigo is a common bacterial infection of the upper layers of the skin caused by Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacteria.

The most common form of impetigo often occurs on the face or limbs and is known for its "honey-colored" crust, which you can see here. This crust often looks like small blisters. There is a less common form of impetigo that causes large blisters, called bullae. This form tends to occur more in newborns and younger children.

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