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Impetigo: A need for new therapies in a world of increasing antimicrobial resistance

D'Cunha, NM, Peterson, GM ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882, Baby, KE and Thomas, J 2017 , 'Impetigo: A need for new therapies in a world of increasing antimicrobial resistance' , Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics , pp. 1-4 , doi: 10.1111/jcpt.12639.

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What is known and objective: Impetigo is a highly contagious bacterial skin infectionand is one of the most common skin infections in children. Antibiotics are the first-linetreatment when multiple lesions exist, but with an increasing prevalence of antibioticresistantbacteria the successful management of impetigo in the future is an area ofconcern.Comment: Current treatment options that favour the use of oral antibiotic therapy areincreasingly problematic. Widespread use of these agents contributes to antimicrobialresistance and has adverse consequences for individuals and communities. There is aneed for new topical antimicrobials and antiseptics as an alternative treatmentstrategy.What is new and conclusion: To successfully treat impetigo into the future and ensurethat therapy does not contribute to bacterial resistance, additional research is requiredto ascertain the usefulness of alternative agents, including new topical antimicrobialsand antiseptics.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:D'Cunha, NM and Peterson, GM and Baby, KE and Thomas, J
Keywords: Impetigo antibiotics management clinical
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 1365-2710
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jcpt.12639
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© 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd

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