Impetigo is a skin infection that’s very contagious but not usually serious. It often gets better in 7 to 10 days if you get treatment. Anyone can get it, but it’s very common in young children.

Symptoms of Impetigo

Impetigo starts with red sores or blisters, but the redness may be harder to see in brown and black skin.
Impetigo is a contagious skin infection that, while generally not serious, can spread easily. Timely treatment can often lead to improvement within 7 to 10 days. Although anyone can contract impetigo, it is particularly common in young children.
Identifying impetigo involves recognizing its characteristic symptoms:

It's important to note that individuals over the age of 1 experiencing these symptoms can be provided with treatment options. Healthcare professionals may offer a choice of antifungal cream or a course of oral antibiotics, depending on the severity and extent of the infection. This tailored approach aims to address the specific needs of each individual.

How it works

Step 1

You book a free appointment with one of our NHS trained consultants.

Step 2

A consultant will review your request and call you back within 20 minutes.

Step 3

We will carry out a FREE consultation in-store or remotely.

How long will this take?

The impetigo will take between 10-15 minutes.

Where is this service available?

The free service is available in any of our branches, or remotely depending on how you wish to book the consultation with us.

In summary, recognizing the signs of impetigo, such as the appearance of sores, crusty patches, and potential itching, is crucial for seeking appropriate medical intervention. Offering a range of treatment options, including antifungal cream and oral antibiotics, ensures effective management and a quicker recovery for individuals aged 1 and older experiencing impetigo symptoms. Consulting with a healthcare professional allows for accurate diagnosis and personalised treatment recommendations.

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