Viral infections, such as
herpes simplex, may be treated with medicine that
slows or stops viral growth. This medicine is called antiviral medicine.
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 antibiotics that you take by mouth. Examples are erythromycin and dicloxacillin.
Long-term treatment with antibiotics may be useful if you have recurring attacks of
atopic dermatitis triggered by bacteria growing on the
Fungal infections are treated with medicines
that kill fungi. These medicines are called antifungals. They 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