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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  • Augmentin
    (amoxicillin / clavulanate)
    Prescription only

    Augmentin (amoxicillin / clavulanate) is first-choice antibiotic for most common types of infections. However, it may not work against more serious or uncommon types of infections.

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

    Ancef (cefazolin) is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital. It's good for treating many bacterial infections.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • cefotaxime
    Prescription only

    Claforan (cefotaxime) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in the hospital.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • ceftriaxone
    Prescription only

    Rocephin (ceftriaxone) is good for treating many bacterial infections, but it is only available as an injectable, so it is usually only used in a hospital or doctor's office.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • Keflex
    (cephalexin)
    Prescription only

    Keflex (cephalexin) is good for treating many bacterial infections, and is available as a generic.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • meropenem
    Prescription only

    Merrem (meropenem) is an antibiotic that's usually only given in the hospital for serious infections. It can be given at home, but you'll have to be taught how to inject it correctly.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • 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
  • piperacillin-tazobactam
    Prescription only

    Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) is only available as an injectable, so it's usually only given in the hospital. You can take Zosyn (piperacillin-tazobactam) at home, but it has to be stored in the fridge and used every 6 hours.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Injection
  • 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
  • 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

Medication side effects for Skin infections

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

  • Cipro: 2%
  • Doxycycline: 9%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Diarrhea

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Diarrhea

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