Today, in most areas of the country, individuals are required to wear face masks to minimize exposure and the spread of COVID-19. The practitioner may not be aware that their client has either of these two skin infections until the face mask is removed.
Both herpes simplex and impetigo fall under the skin infection category. Both can look similar with blister-like appearances; however, herpes is viral in nature as opposed to impetigo, which is caused by bacteria. The practitioner should refer any client with these presentations to their medical provider and reschedule any skin care services until the lesions heal.
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