Impetigo is a superficial skin infection caused by either streptococci or staphylococci. Here it is on the buttocks, but it is seen more frequently in children on the face, upper chest, and arms. (Image courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)
Review Date 11/10/2020
Updated by: Ramin Fathi, MD, FAAD, Director, Phoenix Surgical Dermatology Group, Phoenix, AZ. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.