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Treating impetigo in primary care
  • Relevant BNF sections: 5.1, 13.10.1


Impetigo is a superficial, but contagious, bacterial infection of the skin that predominantly affects children and is common in primary care. In UK general practice, around half of the people with impetigo are treated with topical fusidic acid.1 However, bacterial resistance to this antibacterial drug is increasing.2 Here we discuss how patients with impetigo should be treated.

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  • Relevant BNF sections: 5.1, 13.10.1

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