Impetigo is a very common and highly contagious skin infection that is most frequently found in infants and young children. Impetigo is commonly seen on the face, especially around a child’s nose and mouth, as well as on the hands and feet. The condition typically presents as red sores that quickly burst, ooze and then develop honey-colored crusts.

Impetigo is a bacterial infection and is highly contagious. Seeing your doctor early to begin treatment with antibiotics is recommended to prevent the spread of impetigo to others. In general, impetigo is not dangerous if treated early; rare complications can occur, such as cellulitis, scarring, and kidney issues.