Infected rash and atopic dermatitis

If a rash caused by atopic dermatitis does not clear up, it may be infected.

  • Viral infections, such as herpes simplex, may be treated with medication that slows or stops viral growth (antiviral medication).
  • 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 medications that kill fungi (antifungals). These medications may be applied to the skin or taken by mouth.

Last Updated: May 5, 2008

Author: Maria G. Essig, MS, ELS

Medical Review: Martin Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine

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