How to recognize Impetigo? Impetigo is characterized by the formation of small pimples rising above the surface of the skin (vesicles, or fliken), saturated with watery unclear contents or pus. These pustules are usually numerous, either of them is surrounded by an inflammatory corolla in the shape of a closed ring or semicircle.
Pustules, usually, are not too large, although in neglected variants they have all the chances to unite, covering the great areas of the skin, repeating the appearance of flat bubbles. As soon as they are opened, emphasizing the purulent contents, the skin becomes covered with a thick crust. After treatment, scarring does not remain, because impetigo affects only the superficial layers of the skin.
The danger of this disease is in fact that it is able to provide complications from the internal organs. Therefore, every impetigo outbreak is subject to scrutinous investigation. Factors that increase the likelihood of disease are skin damage; shaving a poor-quality razor that traumatises the skin; cracked skin; scabies (brushing on the skin); diabetes mellitus (leads to disruption of the blood supply to the skin and its damage); decreased immunity, chronic diseases, severe infections; constant hypothermia; abnormality of personal hygiene; metabolic disorders; increased skin pH. Often, infection occurs in the hospital during treatment of severe illness or after surgery.