Management of infections

Management of infections

Patients with atopic eczema are at increased risk of bacterial infections due to the deficiency of protective substances within the skin.12 Antiseptic emollients (bath oils, washes and 'leave-on' emollients) are a helpful addition to the treatment regimen for decreasing bacterial load. However, current guidelines recommend that children with atopic eczema infected with Staphylococcus aureus should be treated with a 1-2 week course of systemic antibiotics. Localised areas of bacterial infection can be treated with topical antibiotics.4 

If eczema herpeticum (EH) is suspected, oral antibiotic treatment should be started immediately even if the infection is localised.1,4 

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UK/GEN/16/0051 Date of preparation: October 2016