Infected Rash and Atopic Dermatitis
If a rash caused by
atopic dermatitis does not clear up, it may be
- 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.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology|
|Last Revised||April 17, 2012|