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.


Antibiotic therapy

  • Flucloxacillin, oral, 500 mg 6 hourly for 5 days.

Penicillin allergy:

Macrolide, e.g.:

  • Erythromycin, oral, 250 mg 6 hourly for 5 days.
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