Impetigo (im-puh-TIE-go) is a highly contagious skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. Impetigo usually appears as red sores on the face, especially around a child's nose and mouth. Although it commonly occurs when bacteria enter the skin through cuts or insect bites, it can also develop in skin that's perfectly healthy.
Impetigo is seldom serious, and usually clears on its own in two to three weeks. But because impetigo can sometimes lead to complications, your child's doctor may choose to treat impetigo with an antibiotic ointment or oral antibiotics.
Your child can usually return to school or a child care setting as soon as he or she isn't contagious — often within 24 hours of starting antibiotic therapy.
Actually the picture doesn't do it justice. Poor kid. We went to the Dr. yesterday and he has to be on two different antibiotics and a anti-bacterial cream for a grand total of....60 dollars! Awesome. And he doesn't get to back to school until Monday. It doesn't hurt except when I have to put the cream on. Needless to say he is BORED! It started as road rash from a fall at the playground. I love all this great sickness and weirdness that comes from being at school. Two weeks ago we got a paper sent home saying that one of his classmates has lice. Tempting to home school huh?