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Treatment of common skin infections and infestations during pregnancy


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In the absence of systematic studies in pregnant and lactating women, recommendations for the treatment of infections during pregnancy are based on animal studies, accumulated evidence from clinical use and case reports, as well as published consensus statements and expert opinion. This article examines the evidence basis for the treatment of common cutaneous infections in women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.