Impetigo(Infantigo) is a skin infection that is highly contagious and most common in children and babies. The condition is characterized by red, itchy sores on the face, particularly around the mouth and nose. The impetigo virus can thrive in personal items like bed sheets and washcloths, and if a person touches these items after someone with impetigo has used them, they are likely to develop it. Sharing toys is among the most common impetigo causes, since small children tend to put certain toys in their mouths, or cough and sneeze on the toy before another child begins to play with it. Doctors often assert that this condition will clear up on its own in about three weeks, but there are antibiotics that speed up the healing process, as well as natural remedies that prevent the spread of the impetigo virus.

How It is Spread

While the main causes are exposure to the virus through physical contact or contact with items an infection person has used, there are several risk factors that make the likelihood of developing impetigo much higher. For instance, the Mayo Clinic asserts that children between the ages of 2 and 6 are more likely to get impetigo than any other age group, although the virus can develop in adults. Crowded settings like schools, day cares and office buildings with a large staff can sometimes be a breeding ground for the condition. It is also more likely that people will develop impetigo during the warmer months of the year, since the virus thrives in humid weather. When a child has an insect bite, a scrape from playing outside or a rash of any kind, it’s important to treat these skin conditions right away to prevent impetigo from forming. Any breaks in the skin could potentially expose the body to the virus. Kids who play contact sports like football and basketball, or participate in activities like wrestling and martial arts are also prone to developing the skin infection. Touching another person’s skin or sweat who has the infection is one of the common impetigo causes that some parents unknowingly overlook.

How to Prevent

Now that you’re aware of some of the main impetigo causes, which will be discussed further in the eBook, it’s important to know how to prevent impetigo, and how to keep it coming back once you’ve gotten rid of the virus. If anyone in your home has got it, give them all their own personal items to use until the infection is gone. For instance, wash your child’s clothing separately from the rest of the laundry, and wash his cup and plate in separate water from the other dishes in the sink. You may also want to give your little one plastic-ware to use while they have impetigo.