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The goals of treatment are to relieve the symptoms and cure the infection.
Treatment may include:

Skin Care

Good skin care is important with this type of infection. It can help prevent the spread of the infection to other areas of your skin or to others. In general:
  • Do not touch or scratch the lesions.
  • Wash the skin several times a day. Use soap and water or an antibiotic soap.
  • The crusts may be removed by soaking the infected area. Place warm water on the area for about 15 minutes.
  • Lesions should be covered loosely with gauze, a bandage, or clothing.

Avoiding Spread of the Infection

To help avoid spreading the infection:
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly. Make sure you wash under your fingernails where bacteria can hide. It is important to wash your hands after touching an infected area of your body.
  • Avoid contact with newborn babies.
  • Stay home until you have had treatment for 24 hours.
  • Do not handle food at home until you have had treatment for at least 24 hours.
  • If you work in the food service industry, ask your doctor when it is safe for you to return to work.


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