Skin Disorders

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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE IMPETIGO DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is impetigo during pregnancy?

Impetigo is a condition in which Streptococcus or Staphylococcus bacteria gets inside the skin through either of two mechanisms. Either there is a cut or other injury through which the bacteria enter, or the skin is damaged from a condition, such as insect bites, scabies, or head lice, also providing the bacteria with an entrance. The infection is very contagious and causes sores that can be itchy with blisters. There are two main subtypes of impetigo. Comprising 70 percent of cases, nonbullous impetigo (also called impetigo contagiosa), features honey-colored crusts on the extremities and face. This type of impetigo is caused by either Streptococcus pyogenes or Staphylococcus aureus. S. aureus also causes the other subtype, known as bullous impetigo. Accounting for 30 percent of impetigo cases, bullous impetigo features flaccid bullae and is characterized by droopy blisters generally in locations where skin rubs together, such as in your armpits.


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