Impetigo: aetiology, complications and treatment options
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Impetigo: aetiology, complications and treatment options

Philip Watkins Dermatology nurse specialist, Sutton and Merton Primary Care Tust, Mitcham, Surrey

This article describes impetigo, and outlines differential diagnoses, likely complications associated with impetigo and signs and symptoms. Main treatments for impetigo are highlighted, with explanations of when these treatments are useful and when they may not be the best choice. Anxieties that accompany impetigo in a family context and ways in which an appreciation of these anxieties may enhance the care provided are examined.

Nursing Standard. 19, 36, 50-54. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.05.19.36.50.c3870

Correspondence

philip.watkins@smpct.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review