Impetigo is a very common infection causing sores/harehare. It is often called school sores because it is most common in school aged children. Impetigo is caused by bacteria getting into the body through breaks in the skin from a cut or insect bites. Impetigo can occur with no visible break in the skin.
Features of impetigo are:
Untreated infection/pirau may spread to nearby tissues and through the blood causing “blood poisoning”. The inflammation sometimes causes kidney damage, joint infection, skin scarring or in rare cases, spread to the heart or brain.
1. Wash and dry hands with soap and warm water.
2. Clean infected area.
3. Wash until you have taken away the crust and pus using one of the following:
4. Cover sores with clean gauze, cloth or fabric sticking plaster each time.
5. Wash your hands and dry thoroughly.
Stop the spread of Impetigo:
Impetigo can spread between people by touching and scratching sores. To avoid this you should: Keep fingernails short and clean. Try and have the same person doing the dressings.
Disclaimer: This site is intended to be flexible and frequently updated. While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, all information should be verified.