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In a large double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial, 151 patients older than 18 years were randomized into five groups and were given either erythromycin, single-dose clarithromycin, topical fusidic acid, placebo cream, or placebo tablets. Fusidic acid cream was significantly more effective than other therapies. Additionally, the group that received clarithromycin did better at 48 hours than did the group that received erythromycin. However, there was no statistical difference on day 7 and day 14. [ 34 ]