Viral infections, such as
herpes simplex, may be treated with medicine that
slows or stops viral growth (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 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
Fungal infections are treated with medicines
that kill fungi (antifungals). These medicines may be applied to the skin or
taken by mouth.
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