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What are treatments for skin infections?

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If you have a skin infection, your doctor may prescribe medicine. What he gives you depends on the type of infection:

Any break in the skin can lead to a tetanus infection if your tetanus shot isn’t up to date. Check with your doctor to see if you need a booster one.

  • Antibiotics fight a bacterial infection.
  • Antivirals treat viral infections.
  • Antifungal creams, ointments, or powders treat fungal infections.

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 13, 2020

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on August 13, 2020

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