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Causes and Risk Factors of Impetigo

Impetigo is a common skin condition that often impacts infants and children. It is extremely contagious, but fortunately, it is rarely serious and is typically easily treated by a pediatric dermatologist. Here is a closer look at the causes of impetigo and who is most at risk of contracting it.

Causes
Impetigo is a bacterial infection. It occurs when they bacteria enters the skin, usually through some sort of injury such as an insect bite or cut. Bacteria associated with strep and staph infections are the most common culprits in impetigo outbreaks. Impetigo is extremely contagious and can be passed through skin-to-skin contact or via a surface that has been touched by someone who is infected. For instance, it can be transmitted by sharing a towel or toy with someone who has the condition.

Risk Factors
Impetigo is much more common in kids than in adults. Kids between the ages of two and five are most likely to develop it. However, anyone can catch impetigo. Generally, adults who get it have been infected by a child with the condition.

There are additional risk factors for impetigo:

  • Crowded conditions. Because impetigo is so contagious, it easily spreads in crowded environments where multiple people are touching the same surfaces. Schools and daycares are especially prone to impetigo outbreaks.
  • Humid conditions. The bacteria that cause impetigo thrive in humid conditions. As such, impetigo occurs more often in the summer months and in places with humid climates.
  • Participation in some sports. Any sport that involves skin-to-skin contact increases the risk of impetigo. Football players and wrestlers are particularly vulnerable. Sharing equipment such as helmets and facemasks also increases the risk.
  • Weakened immune system. Anyone with a chronic medical condition, such as diabetes, that weakens the immune system is more vulnerable to impetigo infections.

Could you or your child have impetigo? Visit a dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery for a diagnosis and treatment plan. Our pediatric dermatologists and medical dermatologists diagnose and treat a wide range of skin conditions. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

A Look at Laser Skin Resurfacing

Laser skin resurfacing allows your dermatologist to correct imperfections on the surface of your skin and help you get a smoother, more youthful complexion. To learn more about how laser skin resurfacing works, watch this video.

Laser treatments repair skin in a few ways. The laser removes damaged surface skin, allowing healthier skin to replace it. It also sparks the production of collagen fibers below the surface of the skin to improve skin firmness and help it appear more youthful.

Could laser skin resurfacing be the right treatment for you? Find out by scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist from Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. Our doctors offer a range of medical and cosmetic dermatology treatments, from laser resurfacing and CoolSculpting to skin cancer treatment and acne care. To make an appointment, call (866) 400-3376.

Protect Your Child's Sensitive Skin

Dermatologists urge parents to keep their babies out of the sun as much as possible, especially if they're younger than six months of age. Just one blistering sunburn in childhood can dramatically increase the individual's lifetime risk of melanoma. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

To find out more about protecting your child, watch this featured video and consult a dermatologist. This video explains what every parent should know about sunscreen, and it discusses the importance of teaching children about sun safety early in life.

A clinical dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is always available to speak with parents about protecting the skin health of their families. Call our office at (866) 400-3376.

How Does Kybella Work?

Your dermatologist might recommend that you consider treatment with Kybella if you're dissatisfied with the look of a double chin. Kybella has earned FDA approval as an alternative to more invasive options like surgery. The treatment itself consists of a series of injections into the submental fat under the chin. Kybella works by introducing high concentrations of a bioidentical substance called deoxycholic acid. In the body, it's naturally produced to absorb fat. When it's injected locally, the substance breaks down the fat cells.

Once fat cells are destroyed, the body processes them for natural elimination. Fat cells can't come back, and so your results should be long-lasting provided you maintain a healthy lifestyle. Most people need about 12 to 20 injections per treatment session, with about two to three total visits to the dermatologist.

Are you curious about Kybella? Contact Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery at (866) 400-3376 to set up a consult with a cosmetic dermatologist near you.

The Serious Consequences of Skin Diseases

Some people dismiss skin diseases as being superficial problems, but the fact is they have real consequences. Some of them can be fatal. Each year, millions of Americans turn to dermatologists for help with various skin diseases. Their medical issues cause them to miss time from work or school, and to suffer from physical limitations and reduced quality of life.

You can hear more about these serious issues when you watch this video. It features a few skin disease patients and their families. They explain the major impacts of diseases like cutaneous lymphoma, xeroderma pigmentosum, and hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia.

At Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, you'll find compassionate dermatologists who genuinely care about your health. Call (866) 400-3376 to request a clinical dermatology appointment at a location near you.

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