Learn what you need to know about treating these common infections.
  • Vaginal infection
  • Bacterial infections
  • Fungal infection
  • Viral infections
  • Staph infections
 

 
 

 

Skin Infections Folllow Up

Your health care provider may recommend maintaining good general health and controlling chronic medical conditions to avoid skin infections. A healthy body can more easily fight bacteria before they multiply and cause infection, while a body that is run down has less protection against infection.

Cellulitis
To help prevent cellulitis and other infections, follow these measures any time you have a skin wound:

  • Wash the wound daily with soap and water
  • Apply an antibiotic cream or ointment
  • Cover the wound with a bandage
  • Change bandages often
  • Watch for signs of infection
Those with diabetes or poor circulation need to take extra precautions to prevent skin wounds and treat any cuts or cracks in the skin promptly. Good skin-care measures include the following:
  • Moisturizing skin regularly
  • Trimming fingernails and toenails carefully
  • Protecting hands and feet with appropriate footwear and gloves
  • Promptly treating any superficial skin infections, such as athlete's foot

Carbunculosis
A carbuncle can return again and again for months or years following the first infection. It can be difficult to prevent carbuncles if you have a compromised immune system, but the following measures may help you avoid staph infections in general:
  • Good general health and hygiene
  • Thoroughly cleaning even small cuts and scrapes
  • Using antibiotic ointment on cuts and scrapes
  • Avoiding constricting clothing

Carbuncles are contagious, so care must be taken to avoid spreading the bacteria to other people.

Cutaneous candidiasis

  • Good general health and hygiene help prevent candida infections
  • Keeping the skin clean and dry
  • Drying powders may help prevent fungal infections in people who are susceptible to them
  • Weight loss in the obese
  • Controlling sugar in diabetics