Infected Rash and Atopic Dermatitis
If a rash caused by Reference atopic dermatitis Opens New Window does not clear up, it may be infected.
- Viral infections, such as Reference herpes simplex Opens New Window, 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.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: April 17, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology