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Impetigo (cont.)

Impetigo Treatment

The physician will typically prescribe oral or topical antibiotics or both.

  • Topical: Topical antibiotic treatment is with a prescription-strength medication called mupirocin (Bactroban). Most nonprescription antibiotic ointments, such as Neosporin, are generally not effective. This is generally the first line of treatment for nonbullous impetigo, localized to a single area
  • Oral: Usually oral antibiotics are reserved for more serious cases of impetigo, including bullous impetigo. The most common types of antibiotics taken as pills are types of penicillin or related medications called cephalosporins. If someone has a penicillin allergy, the treatment is usually with erythromycin (or other similar medicines such as clarithromycin [Biaxin] or azithromycin [Zithromax]). For some infections caused by resistant bacteria, clindamycin or trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim) may be required.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/22/2014
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