Impetigo is a highly contagious dermatological infection, which mainly affects infants and children. Impetigo is characterized by red sores on the face, usually around the nose and mouth. Although seldom serious, impetigo can sometimes lead to complications, so an Urgent Care LA doctor may prescribe antibiotics ointments or pills. Usually impetigo clears up within two to three weeks.

Symptoms of impetigo are:

  • Red sores that rupture quickly, and then ooze
  • Painless, fluid-filled blisters
  • Painful fluid- or pus-filled sores that turn into deep ulcers, in severe cases only.

If you suspect you or your child has impetigo, you should consult an Urgent Care LA doctor immediately.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors will evaluate your dermatological condition to see if you have impetigo by evaluating your symptoms and medical history, and sometimes taking a culture. For impetigo, your doctor may prescribe hygienic measures, topical antibiotics, or oral antibiotics.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.