Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Impetigo Evaluation

The evaluation of impetigo includes a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with impetigo include:

Examples of impetigo include:
  • Adult with elbow impetigo
  • Bullous impetigo
  • Child with arm impetigo
  • Child with face and hand impetigo
  • Impetigo infection due to chicken pox

Tests that may be used to evaluate impetigo include:
  • A bacterial culture of the skin may be performed in severe cases:
    • In order to identify the bacteria causing the infection

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Last Updated: Jul 31, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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