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a pills image cbAugust 22 2017

Public Health England has updated its guidance on Management and Treatment of Common Infections. 

 The guidance is designed to be used by primary healthcare practitioners and those giving first-point-of-contact advice on treatment of patients with common infections. Changes have been made throughout the guidance and have been highlighted in Health Protection Report volume 11 (2017), issue 28.

Among the notable changes are:

  • amendments to the Urinary Tract Infections section to reflect the current increase in antimicrobial resistance; it now advises nitrofurantoin should be used as first-line treatment for uncomplicated UTIs;
  • newly added common infections –  scarlet fever, genital herpes, acne, erysipelas, mastitis, and blepharitis.

Updates of recommendations are in line with the latest NICE guidance including those in draft format. For example, under ‘Sinusitis (acute)’ it says that “phenoxymethylpenicillin should be used as first-line treatment, instead of an alternative to amoxicillin”

Link:
PHE. HPR volume 11 issue 29: news (18 August)  

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