Impetigo Secondary to Chickenpox

December 31, 2006

Impetigo developed on the face of a 7-year-old boy who had chickenpox. Thepatient was given a 10-day course of oral cephalexin and mupirocin ointment;the infection resolved promptly.

Impetigo developed on the face of a 7-year-old boy who had chickenpox. Thepatient was given a 10-day course of oral cephalexin and mupirocin ointment;the infection resolved promptly.As many as 10,000 children and adolescents are hospitalized each yearbecause of chickenpox and its complications, and 43 of these youngsters die.1A significant decrease in varicella-caused morbidity is expected with wideruse of the chickenpox vaccine.

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REFERENCE:

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Varicella-related deaths among children-United States,1997.

MMWR.

1998;47:365-368.(Case and photograph courtesy of Dr Robert P. Blereau.)