Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
Illnesses
Impetigo

Illnesses
Illnesses


Impetigo
Print Impetigo Reading Comprehension with Fifth Grade Work

Print Impetigo Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print Impetigo Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.21

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bullous, contagiosa, ecthyma, glomerulonephritis, honey-colored, impetigo, methicillin-resistant, PSGN, pyogenes, staph, antibacterial, lymph, fatal, numerous, inflammation, topical


Impetigo
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Numerous skin conditions abound. People suffer from rashes, discolorations, bug bites, and so on. Children are not immune to these things. For example, children often get one commonly occurring skin condition called impetigo.
 
2     Impetigo can appear on any person, young or old. However, it is a skin infection that mainly affects infants and children. In fact, it is one of the most common skin infections among children. It is very, very contagious, although it is rarely serious.
 
3     In general, impetigo is caused by bacteria and is known for its crusting skin lesions. It most often appears around the nose and mouth. The bacteria are often able to enter an area where the skin is broken, such as through a bug bite or cut, but it can develop on skin that doesn't appear to have any of these breaks. Scratching and touching the sores of impetigo will cause it to spread to other parts of the body and to other people.
 
4     There are three different kinds of impetigo: impetigo contagiosa, bullous impetigo, and ecthyma. Impetigo contagiosa is the most common kind. Usually, a red sore appears on the face. It ruptures rapidly and oozes pus. This creates a honey-colored crust. Gradually, it disappears without a scar. It may be itchy, but it is not normally painful. Some lymph nodes nearby may become swollen, but there's usually not a fever. That's the good news. The bad news is that it spreads easily and is very contagious to others. Bullous impetigo tends to affect the little ones, normally under two years old. The blisters with this kind of impetigo are typically painless but rather red and itchy. The blisters normally occur on the trunk, arms, and legs. When these blisters break and scab over, they often form a crust of yellow color. The blisters of bullous impetigo often last longer than the blisters of impetigo contagiosa. Finally, the third kind of impetigo, called ecthyma, can be more serious. The sores are painful, appear on the legs and feet, and often infect the dermis, the skin's second layer. The sores can turn into deep ulcers which scar.
 
5     What causes impetigo? As you already know, bacteria do. The two kinds of infection are Staphylococcus aureus, or staph for short, and Streptococcus pyogenes, or strep for short. The staph bacteria more commonly cause impetigo. It is important to know that both kinds of bacteria live on the skin all the time. It is when there's an opportunity to enter the skin that inflammation and infection result. For children, that might mean a bug bite or a cut. For an adult, that can be true as well, although it is more common for it to enter where there is another condition present such as dermatitis. In general, impetigo caused by strep results in smaller blisters, while the impetigo caused by staph results in larger blisters.

Paragraphs 6 to 11:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Feedback on Impetigo
Leave your feedback on Impetigo  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Illnesses
             Illnesses



Health
    Alcohol  
 
    Bicycle Safety  
 
    Circulatory System  
 
    Digestive System  
 
    Disabilities  
 
    Drugs  
 
    Excretory System  
 
    Food Pyramid  
 
    Health Professionals  
 
    Healthy Life  
 
    Hygiene  
 
    Illnesses  
 
    Medical Tools  
 
 
    Miscellaneous Health Topics  
 
    Muscular System  
 
    My Plate  
 
    Nervous System  
 
    Nutrition  
 
    Reproductive System  
 
    Respiratory System  
 
    Skeletal System  
 
    Teeth  
 
    The Five Senses  
 
    The Human Body  
 
    Tobacco  
 



Copyright © 2017 edHelper