Impetigo- Florida Sores, Streptococcal Pyoderma

Impetigo Parent Letter

CAUSE:

Staphyloccal and streptococcal organisms (bacteria)

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS:

A highly contagious superficial bacterial skin infection that spreads most easily among young children. Begins with a small red spot that turns into a blister. The blister oozes a thick yellowish fluid and a thick yellow-brown crust forms. The crusty areas may burn and/or itch. Commonly found on the hands and face, but sometimes widely scattered over the body.

INCUBATION PERIOD:

Variable

MODE OF TRANSMISSION:

Extremely contagious and may be transmitted to other areas on the person’s body by his/her own contaminated hands, particularly when there are open scratches. Easily transmitted by direct contact with infected persons, contaminated articles, or dirt that contains animal wastes.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES:

Emphasis on good, personal hygiene especially handwashing.

PERIOD OF COMMUNICABILITY:

As long as purulent lesions continue to drain.

IMPLICATIONS FOR SCHOOL:

Exclude from school. A note from the doctor stating treatment has occurred is required upon return. Even though the individual is under treatment, all sores must be covered until they have dried up.