Try the following measures if a bump, spot, or growth shows
minor signs of infection, such as a small amount of pus or redness around the
Gently wash the spot with an antibacterial soap
once or twice a day.
Leave the spot unbandaged, unless it becomes
irritated or dirty.
If a spot becomes dirty or irritated, apply an
antibiotic ointment, such as bacitracin or polymyxin B sulfate, and cover it
with an adhesive bandage. The ointment will keep the spot from sticking to the
Note: Stop using the ointment if the skin under the bandage
begins to itch or develops a rash. The ointment may be causing a skin
Change the bandage every day and any time
it gets wet. If a dressing is stuck to a scab, soak the dressing in warm water
to soften the scab and make it easier to remove the bandage.
for other signs of infection, such as increasing pain, swelling, redness, heat,
fever, or chills.