A common skin infection caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria

Small, red pimples or fluid-filled blisters (pustules) with crusted yellow scabs found most often on the face or on abraded areas anywhere on the body

Wash the affected area, cover the sores, and then, at the end of the day, the child should see a health professional. If impetigo is confirmed, the child should start treatment (oral or topical antibiotic) before returning. If treatment is started before the next day, no exclusion is necessary. However, the child may be excluded until treatment has started.

Yes, when all the following criteria have been met:

Adapted from Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools: A Quick Reference Guide.

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