Skin Infection Erysipelas Treatment
Treatment for erysipelas usually includes warm wet compresses, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Those with a more severe infection will require intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization.
Treatment for erysipelas may include:
- Warm wet compresses
- Intravenous fluids
- Antibiotics for erysipelas:
- Penicillin G (Pfizerpen)
- Penicillin VK (Veetids)
- Cephalexin (Keflex, Biocef)
- Erythromycin (EES, E-Mycin, Ery-Tab)
- Acetaminophen for pain and fever control:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain
- Narcotic pain medication
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Skin Infection Erysipelas Questions For Doctor
The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of erysipelas.
Questions to ask before treatment:
- What are my treatment options?
- What are the risks associated with treatment?
- Do I need to stay in the hospital?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- Am I contagious?
- For how long?
- What are the complications I should watch for?
- How long will I be on medication?
- What are the potential side effects of my medication?
- Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
- Should I take my medication with food?
Questions to ask after treatment:
- Do I need to change my diet?
- Are there any medications or supplements I should avoid?
- When can I resume my normal activities?
- When can I return to work?
- How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
- What local support and other resources are available?
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