Impetigo

Ira Shah
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Impetigo - Treatment
Treatment: Impetigo is generally self resolving in 2 weeks. However, treatment results in decrease in discomfort, improved cosmetic appearance of the lesions and 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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