Journal article

The Importance of Scabies Coinfection in the Treatment Considerations for Impetigo

Monika Tasani, Steven YC Tong, Ross M Andrews, Deborah C Holt, Bart J Currie, Jonathan R Carapetis, Asha C Bowen

PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Skin infections account for a high disease burden in indigenous children living in northern Australia. Although the relationship between impetigo and scabies is recognized, the prevalence of scabies in children with impetigo is not well reported. We report the prevalence, demographics and treatment success outcomes of impetigo and scabies coinfection in indigenous children who were participants in a randomized controlled trial of impetigo treatment conducted in remote communities of the Northern Territory, Australia. METHODS: Of 1715 screening episodes for impetigo, 508 children were randomized to receive intramuscular benzathine benzylpenicillin (BPG), twice daily co-trimoxazole..

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