The treatment of impetigo contagiosa presents a problem of considerable importance. The danger to the patient is by no means negligible, even after infancy, and the great infectiousness and rapid spread of the lesions have always caused concern.
Until quite recently the therapy of impetigo was rarely considered in the medical literature. The two methods in general use were the application of solution of methylrosaniline and that of ammoniated mercury several times a day, with removal of crusts as they formed. Since the outbreak of the present war, however, there has been a sharp increase in the frequency of such investigations, and many studies of new methods of treatment of impetigo have been reported in the British literature. This is quite in keeping with the natural history of the disease, since its spread is favored by a deterioration in sanitation and by crowding. The heightened importance of the problem of
HARRIS TN. TREATMENT OF IMPETIGO CONTAGIOSA WITH A NEW PHYSICAL FORM OF SULFATHIAZOLE. JAMA. 1943;121(6):403–405. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840060021004
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