What is the prevalence of impetigo in the US?

Updated: Sep 24, 2019
  • Author: Lisa S Lewis, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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Impetigo accounts for approximately 10% of skin problems observed in pediatric clinics. It is the most common bacterial skin infection and the third most common skin disease among children. [4]

Because it occurs more frequently in a warm, humid environment, impetigo is more common in the southeastern United States than in the cooler northern states. The prevalence of impetigo varies seasonally, with peak incidence during summer and fall [13] ; however, in regions that remain warm and humid throughout the year, seasonality may not occur.

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