What causes impetigo?

Updated: Jun 14, 2019
  • Author: Thomas E Herchline, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Impetigo is commonly caused by strains of S aureus and/or S pyogenes, and erysipelas (acute infection of the upper dermis, characterized by a sharply demarcated, raised border) is more commonly caused by streptococcal species such as S pyogenes.


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