The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England (PHE) have issued draft antimicrobial prescribing guidance on impetigo.

The condition is normally treated with an antibiotic to help reduce the spread of infection and speed up recovery, but the two organisations have now found that a topical antiseptic such as hydrogen peroxide 1% cream is ‘just as effective’ at treating non‑bullous impetigo as a topical antibiotic. As a result,