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Impetigo and its impact on a fetus

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My 2 year old may have impetigo. CAn this affect my unborn baby?


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replied January 26th, 2009
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Impetigo is a bacterial infection of the skin. Generally, It can’t be transmitted from your kid to you. Even if you have impetigo, it can’t be transmitted to your fetus because impetigo is a localized infection of the skin. And even if bacteria that cause impetigo get in to the blood stream, they can not pass trough the utero-placental barrier so they can't damage the fetus.


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