Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that often starts with red sores on the face or hands. It’s common in children.


Impetigo causes red sores or blisters that burst and leave crusty, golden-brown patches. They can look a bit like cornflakes stuck to your skin.


Impetigo is treated with antibiotics from a GP. You'll need to take care not to spread the infection to other people while you have it.


You’re more likely to get impetigo if you have damaged skin from a cut, insect bite or a skin condition like eczema.

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