Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Soft Tissue Infection Treatment

Treatment for skin infections depends on the underlying type and severity of the infection. The location for a skin infection is also important. For example, cellulitis on the face or hand is potentially more serious than isolated cellulitis on the leg. Another important factor is the potential for antibiotic resistance. Methicillin-resistant staph infections (MRSA infections) are more serious because they require treatment with more potent antibiotics.

General measures for skin infections include rest, elevation of the infected area, warm compresses, antibiotics, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain and fever. Surgery may be required to remove infected tissue, drain an abscess, or remove a skin foreign body.

Specific treatment for a skin infection may include:

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Last Updated: Jun 14, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Soft Tissue Infection References
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