Skin conditions

Skin infections

About Skin infections

Your skin helps protect you from germs, but sometimes it can get infected by them. Some common types of skin infections are

  • Bacterial: Cellulitis and impetigo. Staphylococcal infections can also affect the skin.
  • Viral: Shingles, warts, and herpes simplex
  • Fungal: Athlete's foot and yeast infections
  • Parasitic: Body lice, head lice, and scabies

Treatment of skin infections depends on the cause.

Top Medications for Skin infections according to our users

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All Medications for Skin infections

  • Antibiotic > Penicillin

    • Amoxicillin
      Prescription only

      Amoxil (Amoxicillin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, many bacteria are resistant to this medication.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Liquid
    • Augmentin
      (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate)
      Prescription only

      Augmentin (Amoxicillin / Clavulanate) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it will make birth control pills less effective. It also has to be taken with food since it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Chewable tablet
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
    • Penicillin
      Prescription only

      Penicillin Vk (Penicillin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as a generic. You may need to use another form of birth control along with your birth control pills. It's also best taken on an empty stomach but it can cause an upset stomach.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
  • Antibiotic > Macrolide

    • Azithromycin
      Prescription only

      Zithromax (Azithromycin) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. Talk to your doctor if you've ever had liver disease, myasthenia gravis, or on medications to thin the blood, as the doctor may write an alternative.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Eye drops
  • Antibiotic > Fluoroquinolone

    • Cipro
      (Ciprofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Cipro (Ciprofloxacin) is a good and cheap antibiotic to treat many types of bacterial infections. However, you have to reduce your caffeine intake, and have to protect yourself from the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Infusion (IV)
    • Levaquin
      (Levofloxacin)
      Prescription only

      Levaquin (Levofloxacin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, it can cause damage to your tendons, and make your skin more sensitive to the sun.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
  • Antibiotic > Cephalosporin

    • Keflex
      (Cephalexin)
      Prescription only

      Keflex (Cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections and is available as generic. However, if you are on medications to thin your blood, you can be more likely to bleed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Powder for oral suspension
  • Antibiotic > Sulfonamide

  • Antibiotic > Tetracycline

    • Doxycycline
      Prescription only

      Vibramycin (Doxycycline) is good for treating many bacterial infections. It is also available as generic. However, it can make birth control pills less effective. You also have to protect yourself against sunburn.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Delayed release capsule
      • Liquid
    • Minocycline
      Prescription only

      Solodyn (Minocycline) is an effective way to treat certain skin infections, acne, and rosacea, but you'll need to use barrier methods of birth control since it can make birth control pills less effective and cause birth defects.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Extended release capsule
  • Antibiotic > Nitroimidazole

    • Flagyl
      (Metronidazole)
      Prescription only

      Flagyl (Metronidazole) is a very good way to treat certain bacterial infections, but you can't have any alcohol while on it since it'll make you throw up. A lot.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release tablet
  • Acne agent > Antibiotic

    • Tetracycline
      Prescription only

      Acnecycline (Tetracycline) treats many different types of infections and is cheap, but dosing and drug interactions may be somewhat of a hassle.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Cream, gel, or ointment

Medication side effects for Skin infections

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for diarrhea.

  • Amoxicillin: 2%
  • Doxycycline: 9%
0 of 100

At this end, no one is expected to have diarrhea

100 of 100

At this end, almost everyone is expected to have diarrhea

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