Which bacterial infection is common in patients with atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

Updated: Aug 02, 2019
  • Author: Brian S Kim, MD, MTR, FAAD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Bacterial infection with S aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes is not infrequent in the setting of AD. The skin of patients with AD is colonized by S aureus. Colonization does not imply clinical infection, and physicians should only treat patients with clinical infection. The emergence of methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) may prove to be a problem in the future in these patients. Eczematous and bullous lesions on the palms and soles are often infected with beta-hemolytic group A Streptococcus.


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