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Follicular Impetigo

Synonym: Bockhart's Impetigo

It is characterized by staphylococcal infection of the superficial part of the hair follicles and the perifollicular area giving rise to the formation of follicular pustules covered by tiny yellowish crusts.

Infection spreads from one hair follicle to another, producing multiple but discrete lesions which are usually found on the legs, thighs, forearms and the pubic area. There is no scarring, and the hair is not shed after the lesions have healed, unless the infection has descended into the hair follicles and produced furunculoses.

Occasionally, follicular impetigo follows the local application of irritant me (curial and tar preparations or croton oil on hairy regions.

Treatment of Follicular Impetigo

Treatment is similar to that employed for impetigo contagiosa. Usually the contagious period ends within two days after treatment starts. If the impetigo doesn't heal in one week, please return for another evaluation.

Adult Impetigo

Adult impetigo caused by Group A streptococcus starts with tiny blisters. These blisters eventually burst to reveal small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid. After some time, a tan or yellowish-brown crust covers the affected area, making it look like it has been coated with honey or brown sugar.

Adult impetigo that is not caused by Group A streptococcus is usually caused by another thing called Staphylococcus aureus. This type of adult impetigo causes larger fluid containing blisters that first appear clear, then cloudy.

See: Impetigo, Impetigo Symptoms, Impetigo Remedy



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