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Impetigo: causes, symptoms and diagnosis

Impetigo: causes, symptoms and diagnosis

From this CPD module you will learn about:

  • The types and causes of impetigo
  • The typical symptoms of impetigo and how it is diagnosed
  • How impetigo is treated
  • Advice to give to patients to prevent the recurrence and spread of impetigo

Download a printable PDF of this module – including the five-minute test – here.

Impetigo is a contagious bacterial skin infection. It can affect people of any age, however it is most common in children. In the UK, the annual incidence is around 2.8% in children up to four years, and 1.6% in children aged 5–15 years.(1)

The structure and function of the skin

The skin is the largest organ of the body and consists of predominantly three layers: the outermost layer is the epidermis, followed by the dermis and

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