Skin-nontumor
Infectious disorders
Impetigo

Author: Abha Soni, D.O., M.P.H. (see Authors page)
Editor: Andrzej Slominski, M.D., Ph.D.

Revised: 6 February 2016, last major update February 2016

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PubMed Search: Impetigo [title] skin
Definition / General
Diagnosis
  • Skin examination
  • Culture of pus from skin lesions may help with pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Clinical Images

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Various images

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Honey-colored crust

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Non-bullous impetigo

Case Reports
Treatment
  • Prevention through proper hygiene (washing affected areas and not sharing personal items with others)
  • Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin, retapamulin, fusidic acid
  • Oral antibiotics if topical therapy is impractical (amoxicillin / calvulanate, dicloaxacillin, clindamycin, doxycycline, macrolides)
Micro Images

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Impetigo contagiosa, c/o Dr. Jerad Gardner