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

 
 

 

Skin Infections Treatment


Cellulitis
Being cured of cellulitis is possible with 7 to 10 days of oral antibiotic treatment. However, cellulitis may be more severe in people with chronic diseases and people who are susceptible to infection. Contact your health care provider if you are being treated for cellulitis, and new symptoms develop, such as persistent fever, drowsiness, lethargy, blistering over the cellulitis, or extension of the red streaks. You may need to receive treatment intravenously.

Carbunculosis
Carbuncles usually must drain before they heal. Draining most often occurs on its own in less than 2 weeks. You need treatment if the carbuncle lasts longer than 2 weeks, returns frequently, is located on the spine or the middle of the face, or occurs along with a fever or other symptoms.

Placing a warm moist cloth on the carbuncle helps it to drain, which speeds healing. Gently soak the area with a warm, moist cloth several times each day. Never squeeze a boil or attempt to cut it open at home because this can spread the infection.

Treatment helps reduce complications related to an infection. Your health care provider may prescribe antibacterial soaps or antibiotics applied to the skin or taken by mouth.

Cutaneous candidiasis
General hygiene is vital to the treatment of cutaneous candidiasis. Keeping the skin dry and exposed to air is helpful. Your health care provider may recommend weight loss for obese people, and good sugar control in diabetics. Topical antifungal medications may be used to treat infection of the skin, while systemic antifungal medications may be necessary for folliculitis or nail infection.