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Impetigo (cont.)

Medical Treatment

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

  • Oral: The most common types of antibiotics taken as pills are types of penicillin or related medications called cephalosporins. If you have a penicillin allergy, the treatment is usually with erythromycin (or other similar medicines such as clarithromycin [Biaxin] or azithromycin [Zithromax]).
  • Topical: Topical antibiotic treatment is with a medication called mupirocin (Bactroban).
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