What is the role of systemic antibiotics in the treatment of folliculitis?

Updated: Oct 08, 2020
  • Author: Elizabeth K Satter, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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If systemic antibiotics are indicated, coverage should include S aureus since it is the most common pathogen. Because this organism may be penicillin resistant, dicloxacillin or a cephalosporin are the initial choices of therapy. Methicillin-resistant organisms are becoming more common, and treatment may require clindamycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, minocycline, or linezolid.


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