Treatment for chancroid includes oral antibiotics and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Warm wet compresses may be applied to the genital or groin when ulcers or abscesses are draining. Inflamed lymph nodes that contain pus may be drained with a needle, or incision and drainage. With treatment, symptoms should resolve within 2 to 3 weeks.
Treatment for chancroid includes:
- Antibiotics for chancroid
- Azithromycin (Zithromax)
- Ceftriaxone (Rocephin)
- Erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Eryc, Ery-Tab, Erythrocin)
- Ciprofloxacin (Cipro)
- Warm compresses
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain:
- Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, Nuprin, NeoProfen)
- Ketoprofen (Actron, Orudis, Oruvail)
- Naproxen (Anaprox, Naprosyn, Aleve)
- Drainage of abscesses in the groin
- Needle drainage
- Incision and drainage
Incision and drainage procedure:
- The skin is sterilized using rubbing alcohol or an antibacterial soap.
- A local anesthetic is injected into the tissues surrounding the abscess.
- An incision is made with a scalpel.
- Pus is drained from the abscess.
- The abscess cavity is flushed clean.
- In some cases, a rubber drain or a strip of sterile gauze is packed inside the abscess cavity.
- The gauze or drain placed inside the abscess cavity is usually removed 24-36 hours later.
Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat chancroid:
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