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  • Superficial epidermal infection characterized by amber crusts (nonbullous) or vesicles (bullous)
  • May be super-infection or primary infection
  • Fever and systemic signs are uncommon
  • Post-streptococcal glomerular nephritis is a possible complication, and incidence is not reduced by antibiotic therapy
  • Highly contagious and easily transmittable

Clinical Features

Impetigo honey-colored scab
Impetigo on the back of the neck.
Bullous impetigo after the bulla have broken.
  • Nonbullous
    • Erythematous macules/papules develop into vesicles which become pustular and rupture
      • As rupture release yellow fluid which dries to form stratified golden crust
  • Bullous
    • Bullae form as result of staph toxin
    • Some cases caused by MRSA
  • Uncommonly painful, but usually pruritic
  • Regional lymphadenopathy is common

Differential Diagnosis

Other Rash


  • Clinical diagnosis



Coverage for MSSA, MRSA, Group A Strep

Topical therapy

  • Mupirocin (Bactroban) 2% ointment q8hrs x 5 days
    • For nonbullous impetigo, topic antibiotics are as effective as oral antibiotics

Oral Therapy


  • Outpatient

See Also