Signs and symptoms of impetigo
When impetigo occurs, they often occur in two types, which are:
- bullous and
- non-bullous impetigo
The non-bullous skin condition is the most common type of impetigo, and may go through the following stages:
- Starts with mild sores, which are usually itchy.
- The sores easily get busted, which may make the affected area of the skin red or raw
- Glands around the sores become swollen
- The skin gradually heals without scarring, unless in severe cases where the skin cuts deep into the skin.
Although non-bullous impetigo may appear mild, the infection can spread to other areas of the body, which is why timely treatment of this infection is important.
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Bullous impetigo often causes fluid-filled blisters on the skin, but in this case, there is no reddish-like attribute in the surrounding area of the skin. A person with bullous impetigo will normally have the following symptoms:
- Blisters with cloudy or yellowish fluid
- The blisters may become transparent, which may break open
- Crusty sores in the affected area
- Skin heals without scarring after a while.
Other skin infections can develop if impetigo is left untreated. An example of such skin infection is ecthyma. This skin infection can easily form scars on the skin when they heal.
Some symptoms of ecthyma may also include:
- Painful blisters on the affected area.
- blisters may develop into deep open sores
- Crusts develop with redness on the surrounding area of the skin.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our dermatologist London if you experience any of these symptoms.