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Ira Shah
Treatment: Impetigo is generally self resolving in 2 weeks. However, treatment results in

decrease in discomfort, improved cosmetic appearance of the lesions


prevention of worrisome consequences

. (1) There is no standard treatment and various options are available.

Topical antibiotics

like fusidic acid, Mupirocin 2% ointment are the best line of treatment. (1, 2, 4) Oral Erythromycin has shown increasing rates of resistance and thus now-a-days, either oral azithromycin for 5 days or oral cephalexin for 10 days is the drug of choice. (2)

There is no evidence supporting the effectiveness of topical disinfectants like chlorhexidine and povidone-iodine. (4)


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