Superficial skin infection, starting as vesicles with an inflammatory halo. Later a characteristic honey-coloured crust on erythematous base develops which heals without scarring. Usually caused by group A streptococci or staphylococcal infection. Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis is a potential complication.
Good personal and household hygiene to avoid spreading the infection and to reduce carriage of organisms.
Wash and soak sores in soapy water to soften and remove crusts.
- Flucloxacillin, oral, 500 mg 6 hourly for 5 days.
- Erythromycin, oral, 250 mg 6 hourly for 5 days.