Skin nontumor
Infectious disorders

Topic Completed: 1 February 2016

Minor changes: 21 August 2020

Copyright: 2002-2020,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Impetigo [title] skin

Abha Soni, D.O., M.P.H.
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Cite this page: Soni A, Slominski A. Impetigo. website. Accessed October 21st, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Skin examination
  • Culture of pus from skin lesions may help with pathogen identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Clinical images

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Nonbullous impetigo

Case reports
  • 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)
Microscopic (histologic) images

Contributed by Jerad Gardner, M.D.
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Impetigo contagiosa

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