Recurrent infection and community outbreaks of impetigo may result from the nasal carriage of causative micro-organisms or from fomite colonisation e.g. bed sheets, towels and clothing that may be shared.
If nasal carriage is suspected (as in recurrent infection), a nasal swab should be taken to confirm this. A topical antibiotic (such as fusidic acid 2% ointment) may be applied inside each nostril, three times per day for seven days. All household members and close contacts should also be treated.
Last updated : Thursday, May 18, 2017
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