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Impetigo (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

Someone should call a doctor as soon as he or she notices a reddish, weeping, or blistery rash. Treating the rash with antibiotics will help the infection go away faster and also will prevent spread to others. The itching that often comes with the impetigo rash sometimes provides an added incentive to get the rash treated quickly. In some uncomplicated cases, over-the-counter topical antibiotics are effective in eradicating the infection.

Emergency treatment is rarely needed.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014

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