Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bacterial Skin Infection Impetigo Underlying Cause

Impetigo is caused by bacteria that are present normally on the surface of the skin. If the surface of the skin is injured, the bacteria invade the layers beneath the surface and start to grow.

The most common types of bacteria that cause impetigo include:

  • Streptococcus bacteria
  • Staphylococcus bacteria

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Last Updated: Feb 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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