How is burn impetigo diagnosed and treated?

Updated: Jan 10, 2018
  • Author: Robert L Sheridan, MD; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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An ability to make the diagnosis of burn wound infection is important. A clinically focused set of burn wound infection definitions has recently been published and is summarized as follows:

  • Burn impetigo

    • Diagnostic points - Loss of epithelium from previously epithelialized surface; not related to local trauma

    • Treatment strategies - Regular cleaning of debris and exudate; topical antistaphylococcal antibiotics; grafting of chronically unstable areas of epithelium

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