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Infected Rash and Atopic Dermatitis

If a rash caused by atopic dermatitis does not clear up, it may be infected.

  • Viral infections, such as herpes simplex, may be treated with medicine that slows or stops viral growth (antiviral medicine).
  • Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics. If the infected area is small, a topical antibiotic such as mupirocin may be put directly on the infected area. A serious infection with Staphylococcus aureus can be treated with oral (systemic) antibiotics such as erythromycin or dicloxacillin. Long-term antibiotic therapy may be useful if you have recurring attacks of atopic dermatitis triggered by bacteria growing on the skin.
  • Fungal infections are treated with medicines that kill fungi (antifungals). These medicines may be applied to the skin or taken by mouth.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerAmy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
Last RevisedApril 17, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 17, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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