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When to Call A Doctor

If you think you or your child might have impetigo, contact a doctor, especially if either of you has been exposed to someone else with the condition. If impetigo is not treated, it can spread rapidly.

If you or your child is being treated for impetigo, contact the doctor if a fever develops or if an area becomes enlarged or red.

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