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Can adults get impetigo?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Impetigo most commonly afflicts infants and small children. However, adults can develop this skin condition, too. Impetigo is a form of infection that produces sores, usually around the nose and mouth. The sores can develop into blisters that burst and ooze fluid, which forms crusts on the skin. Sometimes impetigo strikes out of the blue, though it often occurs as a result of a skin injury, such as a cut or scrape.

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