Impetigo symptoms will usually only show up about 10 days after exposure to bacteria. During this impetigo incubation period, it is easy to infect other people without even knowing about it.
The impetigo incubation period
Once you have become infected with bacteria through a tear, sore or scratch in the skin, you will not see symptoms immediately. It usually takes about three days before a person realizes that they have an impetigo skin infection. The period between actually getting infected and starting with symptoms is commonly referred to as the “impetigo incubation period”
Symptoms of impetigo
1. Fluid filled blisters start to appear
2. It is usually found on the trunk of the body and on the arms and legs
3. The blisters spread and then finally burst open with brown pus.
4. The blisters finally crust over and then usually heal without leaving a scar.
5. The blisters are not painful but may itch.
6. May have a fever and/or swollen lymph glands.
Other impetigo symptoms to look our for…
- A spreading rash is a common impetigo symptom
- Warmth or swelling of the skin
Other more serious impetigo symptoms
- A wider wound with crust that is widely spread
- A deeper wound
- Confusion and loss of consciousness
- Rapid breathing or feeling as if you cannot breathe
- A very high fever over 101 degrees Fahrenheit
- An increase in the size of your lymph nodes
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