Does impetigo have a smell?

Not Medical Advice: There are no studies stating that Impetigo omits odor. It is a bacterial infection of the surface of the skin. It is the most common skin infection seen in young children.

According to The British Skin Foundation, in the UK, impetigo is usually due to a germ known as Staphylococcus aureus; in hot climates it may be due to Streptococcus pyogenes, or to a mixture of the two. These germs pass from person to person, and impetigo can spread rapidly through families and school classes - by skin-to-skin contact or, less often, by bedding, clothing and towels. However impetigo can also arrive out of the blue, with no hint of where it came from.

The germs that cause impetigo can invade normal skin, but can also take advantage of skin that is already damaged by cuts or grazes, insect bites, head lice, scabies, cold sores, or eczema.

Impetigo is most common in children, and in warm humid weather.

Impetigo can be sore and itchy but does not usually make you feel ill.

Usually it clears quickly; but it will not do so if it is based on an unrecognised underlying skin problem such as scabies or head lice.

For information about impetigo, you can also visit NHS Choices.

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