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Evid Based Nurs 8:11 doi:10.1136/ebn.8.1.11
  • Treatment

Review: topical mupirocin or fusidic acid may be more effective than oral antibiotics for limited non-bullous impetigo

Topical antibiotics v various treatments for clinical cure (or improvement) of non-bullous impetigo at 1 week*

Comparison Number of trials (n) Weighted event rates RBI (95% CI) NNT (CI)
*Abbreviations defined in glossary; RBI, NNT, and CI calculated from data in article.
Topical antibiotics v placebo 5 (365) 58% v 21% 179% (108 to 274) 3 (3 to 4)
Topical mupirocin v oral erythromycin 10 (581) 91% v 85% 7% (1 to 13) 17 (9 to 100)
Topical antibiotics v disinfecting treatment 2 (292) 72% v 62% 15% (1 to 32) Borderline significance

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