Is there an antibiotic to prevent common skin infections?

Except under... ...Very specific circumstances, antibiotics are used to treat infections, not prevent them. The use of antibiotics when no antibiotic susceptible infection is present is probably responsible for the increase in drug resistant bacterial infections. The best prevention for common skin infections is good hygiene.

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An animal bit me. What should I do to prevent skin infection?

Seek medical attenti. Like most wounds, immediate cleaning/irrigation is the hallmark of infection prevention. Assuming skin was broken, considerations include infection and rabies from mamalian bites as well as updating tetanus immunization. Bite wounds are concerning as they are often puncture wounds which are difficult to irrigate. A visit to your primary physician or urgent care is in order to fully assess. Read more...
Wash well & see Dr. After an animal bite, the area should be washed well to get the animal germs out. If the wound is large, deep, or painful, the staff at the emergency room can wash it out. Prescription antibiotics may be needed, as well as a tetanus booster. If bitten by a raccoon, skunk, fox, coyote, bat, or any salivating/drooling strangely acting animal, rabies is a possibility (see a dr. Within a day or so). Read more...

How can I learn about preventing and treating MRSA skin infections?

Medical literature. Look at CDC sites. See what i wrote in jama. Read more...
Hygiene. To prevent MRSA skin infections as well as any other infection, one should practice good hygiene with washing hands and cleaning surfaces etc that may have been exposed to MRSA or any infection with a good disinfectant. I often recommend the use of alcohol hand gels as this often sterilizes hands as well as cleanse skin surfaces. Read more...

I have a skin infection and need an antibiotic but allergic to penicillin? What antibiotic is good?

Depends. It would depend on the type of penicillin allergy you had and the type of skin infection. If you just had a rash from penicillin and you do not have an MRSA infection cephalosporins like Keflex would be fine. If immediate hypersensitivity to penicillin, clindamycin, Doxycycline or septra (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) would be options. Read more...

Have been prescribed the antibiotic zimivir1000 for a skin infection and I am trying to fall pregnant, is this safe to take? Thanks

Maybe ok. Zimivir is not a U.S. Medication. Some websites say zimivir is acyclovir, which is used to treat herpes. Acyclovir is considered safe to take during pregnancy. One should ask the prescribing doctor about it. Read more...

How long until should I take an antibiotic for skin infection until it s safe to assume it is not working and I should contact my physician?

See below. If you have no apparent improvement within 3-5 days or if the area appears to be, worsening or other significant symptoms, get rechecked. The antibiotic may not be covering a resistant species. Read more...

Helloo what is the best antibiotics to be used for skin infection? ?

Depends. Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. Read more...

I suspect antibiotics were given to me as a prophylactic for splinter induced skin infection. I took one; infection didn't occur. Can I stop?

No easy answer. Most splinter wounds do not need antibiotic and thus i presume that the splinter was likely quite dirty. If your doctor felt that you needed it, you should finish the antibiotic. Bacteria do take a few days to grow and thus it is too early to tell . Read more...
Depends. If you had the injury several days ago and antibiotic was prescribed at that time and now you are okay with no signs of infection then you can stop it. You are not using it anyway. Read more...