Warning
  • Prompt treatment with appropriate antibiotics significantly reduces the risk of complications.  Observe immunocompromised individuals (diabetes, women in puerperal period, chickenpox) as they are at increased risk of developing invasive infection.
  • See Specialist Pharmacy Service for advice on using solid oral dosage form antibiotics in children.

For glossary of terms see Glossary.

Drug details

First line (mild)

Analgesia

Second line

Phenoxymethylpenicillin 500mg 4 times a day

10 days

In penicillin allergy

Clarithromycin 250mg to 500mg twice daily

5 days

Last reviewed: 14/11/2017

Next review date: 14/11/2019

Author(s): Antimicrobial Management Team.

Approved By: TAM Subgroup of ADTC

Reviewer name(s): Alison Macdonald, Area Antimicrobial Pharmacist.

Document Id: AMT153