What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a minor superficial infection of the skin. It is common during the summer months and is characterized by yellow, weeping sores which are usually located on the face, arms and legs. Impetigo is usually due to Strep or Staph infection.


Washing the sores daily with soap and water, thus removing the crusty lesions.

Applying Neosporin topical antibacterial ointment to the sores.

If the areas are particularly bad, you should contact your physician. Sometimes, oral antibiotics are necessary to completely resolve the infection.

Other measures can be taken to make your child more comfortable. These include keeping the fingernails trimmed and giving Benadryl for itching (see Dosing Guide).

Sores with surrounding angry-looking red areas or red streaks should be seen by your physician.

If your child has more than one sore, make an appointment with your physician