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Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that is common in children although adults can also catch it. Blisters or weeping sores appear around the face or hands and then crust over with yellowish scabs. The sores might be painful or itchy.

Although impetigo is unpleasant and very contagious, it’s not a serious condition and can improve on its own over time. With treatment, impetigo can be cleared up more quickly.

Impetigo appears as blisters or sores on the skin, usually around the face or hands. The blisters burst and then a yellowish scab forms over the wound. The infection is often itchy and can be sore, and can spread to other parts of the body.

Impetigo is caused by a bacterial infection of the skin. The infection can start where there’s a break in the skin from things like insect bites, scratches or eczema.

The bacteria is highly contagious so it tends to spread in places where people are in close contact, like schools and nurseries, or sports centres.