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


• Impetigo most commonly occurs on the mouth and face or on the neck. It may also appear on the extremities and hands.

• 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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