Dr. Connolly
Impetigo is a common skin infection that is caused by bacteria. Children between the ages of two and five are most likely to get this kind of infection. Dr. Alvarado, can you tell us more about impetigo?

Dr. Alvarado
Definitely, Dr. Connolly. Impetigo can develop in any skin injury, such as an insect bite, a cut, or even skin irritation caused by a runny nose. Once a skin injury is infected, the infection can spread to other parts of the body, especially through scratching. Impetigo is also highly contagious and can spread to other people.

This type of bacterial skin infection can happen anytime, but it is most common in warm weather when cuts and scrapes from playing outdoors are more likely.