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Doctors should treat impetigo with antiseptics not antibiotics, says NICE

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 15 August 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5162
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Clinicians should treat non-bullous impetigo—a highly contagious bacterial infection of the skin—with a topical antiseptic rather than antibiotics, says new draft guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).1

The recommendation follows a review by NICE and Public Health England (PHE) which found that a topical antiseptic, such as hydrogen peroxide 1% cream, …

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