Antibiotics of no benefit for children’s infected eczema
Children with mild infected eczema do not need additional treatment with antibiotics, primary care researchers have shown.
A UK randomised controlled trial of 113 children aged three months to seven years found no differences in their recovery time from eczema flares when treated with oral flucloxacillin or topical fusidic acid for a week, in addition to topical corticosteroids (hydrocortisone 1% for the face and clobetasone butyrate 0.05%) and emollients.
One in seven children had Staphylococcus aureus cultured from eczematous skin at baseline. All reported