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Impetigo

Impetigo is a superficial skin infection very common in children.

Description

It looks like chicken pox, but it isn’t. It’s usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus. It’s quite contagious, but not normally serious, and it tends to run its course in a week or two. Look for yellowish, crusty little sores. They might blister a bit, and be wet. They itch.

Treatment

Keep the sores clean, and disinfect things like clothes and countertops. Wash your hands. No going to school until the sores are gone. There are antibiotics if it gets bad. But it probably won’t.

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