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Bacterial Resistance and Impetigo Treatment Trends: A Review


Address correspondence to Scott Bangert, M.D., UT Houston Department of Dermatology, 6655 Travis, Suite 980, Houston, TX 77030, or e-mail:


Abstract:  Impetigo is a common cutaneous infection that is especially prevalent in children. The prevalence of colonization and infection with resistant strains is continually increasing, forcing clinicians to reevaluate treatment strategies. Newer topical agents are effective in treating infections with resistant strains and may help minimize resistance and adverse effects from systemic agents. Use of topical disinfectants to decrease colonization is an important adjunctive measure. Physicians should be aware of local resistance patterns in impetigo to help guide therapy.