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Impetigo causes sores or blisters that burst and leave crusty, golden-brown patches. They can look a bit like cornflakes stuck to your skin.
Impetigo is often treated with antibiotics. You'll need to take care not to spread the infection to other people while you have it.
Impetigo is often 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.
Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that often starts with sores or blisters on the face or hands. It’s common in children.
Page last reviewed: 18/03/2021
Next review due: 18/03/2024