Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Treatments
Many uncomplicated skin and soft tissue infections can be treated at home. Necrotizing soft tissue infections and MRSA require immediate medical attention.
If treating a small infection (less than a half-inch across) at home:
- Use warm compresses on the site four times a day for 30 minutes.
- Don’t stick a needle into the infected site to drain it, as that might accidentally spread the infection into your bloodstream.
- Don’t squeeze or push on any pimple-like bumps, as that can push the infection deeper into your tissue.
- Call your physician if:
- The site gets larger than a half-inch across
- You have a fever
- You have an enlarged or sore lymph gland
- There’s a red streak leading away from the infection site
When skin and soft tissue infections don’t clear up on their own, treatment may include:
- Antibiotic or antifungal cream
- Oral antibiotic or antifungal medications
- IV medications
- Surgery to drain the infection
- Surgery to remove dead tissue
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- Surgery to amputate a damaged limb