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Impetigo – Free NHS*


Impetigo infection advice and NHS-funded* treatment service in Ealing

Those aged 1 year old and above can access advice and treatment for impetigo through the Pharmacy First Service.

Impetigo Treatment in Ealing

Pharmacy First - Impetigo advice and treatment service in Ealing

Do you or your child have symptoms of a possible impetigo infection? Now those aged 1 year old and over can access Free NHS impetigo advice and treatment service through the Pharmacy First Service, without the need to see your GP. Book your appointment online.
The pharmacist will check your suitability and eligibility for the Free NHS Pharmacy First Service. In some cases, a treatment may not be required for your symptoms. Also, if the pharmacist finds that your symptoms suggest a more serious infection or condition, they may refer you to your GP or another service for further assessment and treatment.

What is Impetigo?

Impetigo is a very contagious skin infection. It is usually not serious and can clear within 7-10 days with treatment. It can affect anyone but it is more common in young children.

What causes Impetigo?

Impetigo is caused by bacterial infection. The two main causative bacteria are group A Streptococcus and Staphylococcus aureus. When the skin barrier is broken, it is susceptible to impetigo infection.
It is recommended that you keep any cuts, scratches or insect bites to the skin clean by for example washing it with soap and warm water. Get treatment for any skin condition that can lead to broken skin, such as eczema. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.

What are the main signs and symptoms of Impetigo?

Impetigo is generally a mild infection that can affect anyone and it can occur anywhere on the body. However, it is most commonly found:
The symptoms start as itchy red sores and blisters. These burst within a few days leaving brown, golden crusty patches.

What are the available treatment options for Impetigo through the Pharmacy First Service?

Once you have a consultation with one of our pharmacists, if it is clinically appropriate and you meet the eligibility criteria, you will be offered a treatment to help with the recovery from the impetigo infection.
There are several treatments available that you might be offered. These include:
Hydrogen Peroxide Cream – Treatment of localised non-bullous impetigo.
Antibiotic Cream – Fusidic acid cream for the treatment of non-bullous impetigo.
Antibiotic Tablets/capsules/oral solution – For treatment of widespread non-bullous impetigo.
*If you are issued a prescription medicine, you will pay the standard NHS prescription charge unless you’re eligible for free prescriptions.
If treatment through the Pharmacy First Service is not suitable or you don’t meet the eligibility criteria, the pharmacist will offer an alternative treatment or sign-post you to another service.
Want to learn more about impetigo? Visit the webpage for the latest information and advice on impetigo.

Advice and treatment for other common conditions in Ealing

The Pharmacy First Service is an NHS service designed to offer free advice and treatments to eligible patients for seven common conditions including Impetigo. Patients can access this service at Mattock Lane Pharmacy in Ealing. The additional six conditions covered by this service are: