What is it?
Impetigo is a rash of small blisters that break and then form a yellowing crust. It is caused by a bacterial skin infection, often on an existing sore or graze. The most common site is on the face.

What to do

Have a doctor look at the rash to confirm the diagnosis. If caught early it can be treated quickly with an antibiotic. It is very contagious, so avoid sharing towels or face cloths. Keep your child home from school until the impetigo has cleared up, to prevent spreading it to other learners.

For more detailed info on Common Childhood Conditions, go to Health24.

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