A 13-year-old patient has been diagnosed with impetigo, caused by Staphylococcus aureus, for which he is receiving antibiotic treatment. While doing a physical assessment, the nurse would expect to find skin lesions on which of the following areas of the body?

Nose and mouth

Explanation

• Impetigo most commonly occurs on the face and around the mouth. It can also appear on the extremities, hands, and neck

• Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that produces vesicles or pustules. The lesions are edematous and red, often producing exudate that crusts

• The lower back, thorax, and abdomen are not common sites for impetigo lesions

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