Impetigo is a bacterial skin condition that is highly contagious, which can cause blisters and red sores on your skin. Impetigo is most common in young children and infants, and each outbreak lasts 7-10 days. Impetigo is caused by bacteria, usually staphylococci organisms.
You might be exposed to the bacteria that cause impetigo when you come into contact with the sores of someone who's infected or with items they've touched — such as clothing, bed linen, towels and even toys.
The main symptom of impetigo is reddish sores, often around the nose and mouth. The sores quickly rupture, ooze for a few days and then form a honey-colored crust. Sores can spread to other areas of the body through touch, clothing and towels. Itching and soreness are generally mild.