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Impetigo - review* * Work performed at the Dermatology Service at Minas Gerais Federal University Clinics Hospital (HC-UFMG) - Belo Horizonte (MG), Brazil.

Impetigo is a common cutaneous infection that is especially prevalent in children. Historically, impetigo is caused by either group A β-hemolytic streptococci or Staphylococcus aureus. Currently, the most frequently isolated pathogen is S. aureus. This article discusses the microbiologic and virulence factors of group A β-hemolytic streptococci and Staphylococcus aureus, clinical characteristics, complications, as well as the approach to diagnosis and management of impetigo. Topical agents for impetigo therapy are reviewed.

Anti-Bacterial agents; Impetigo; Staphylococcus aureus ; Streptococcus pyogenes

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