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.

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