Chapter 36. Impetigo

  1. Hywel Williams MSC, PhD, FRCP Professor Dermato-Epidemiology Co-ordinating Editor
  1. Sander Koning MD, PhD General Practitioner1,
  2. Lisette W. A. van Suijlekom-Smit MD, PhD Senior Pediatrician2 and
  3. Johannes C. van der Wouden PhD Senior Lecturer1

Published Online: 14 JAN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch36

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Koning, S., van Suijlekom-Smit, L. W. A. and van der Wouden, J. C. (2008) Impetigo, in Evidence-Based Dermatology, Second Edition (ed H. Williams), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300161.ch36

Editor Information

  1. Centre of Evidence-Based Dermatology, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of General Practice, Erasmus MC-University Medical Center, Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Pediatrics, Erasmus MC—University Medical, Center/Sophia Children's Hospital, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2009
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405145183

Online ISBN: 9781444300161



  • impetigo - contagious superficial skin infection;
  • staphylococcal skin infections (MeSH) or impetigo;
  • impetiginous lesion clearance;
  • topical antibiotics efficacy versus placebo;
  • disinfecting treatments - versus oral antibiotic treatment;
  • macrolide and cephalosporin antibiotics;
  • topical antibiotics - mupirocin and fusidic acid


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Background

  • Questions

  • References