Bacterial Diseases

Impetigo: A Skin Infection Caused by Streptococci and Staphylococci

Author(s): Muhammad Imran Qadir and Iqra Jamshaid

Pp: 129-132 (4)

DOI: 10.2174/9789811473760120010031

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Impetigo is a skin infection which is caused by a bacterial strain of Streptococcus and Staphylococcus. Impetigo has two types, bullous impetigo, and nonbullous impetigo. Impetigo is more common in children however it can affect any age. It begins with a small pimple and ends with blisters which break the skin and thus cause infection. Treatment of impetigo includes topical antibiotics in which fusidic acid and mupirocin have used cream and can be applied on site of infection. Oral antibiotics include erythromycin, penicillin, and flucloxacillin. But the oral antibiotics are not as effective as topical antibiotics. But when the topical antibiotics show no results then oral antibiotic is used.

Keywords: Diagnosis, Impetigo, Treatment, Types.

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