Red sores on the nose, mouth, hands, or feet, especially in young children, is a sign of a bacterial infection known as impetigo. If you notice these symptoms, it is important to see a dermatologist, as the condition is highly contagious. Patients in Oregon and Washington can turn to Silver Falls Dermatology for effective treatment options.
What is Impetigo?
Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection which most often affects infants and children ages 2-5. The condition causes red or pink sores, most commonly found on the nose and mouth area or the hands and feet. These sores will typically rupture quickly before forming a crust. In less common cases, impetigo may also occur on the trunk. This condition is known as bullous impetigo.
What Causes Impetigo?
Impetigo is caused by bacteria. Exposure to this bacteria is usually the result of direct contact with an infected person or an object they have touched. For example, sharing clothing, towels, bedding or toys with an infected person can cause impetigo to spread. The condition is more common in warm, humid weather and commonly spreads within families or in settings such as daycares or schools.
Treatment Options for Impetigo
Impetigo can be treated using a prescription antibiotic ointment or cream. This medication should be applied directly to the sores two to three times per day throughout the course of the treatment. In some cases, your provider may also prescribe oral antibiotics.