How are secondary infections prevented during the treatment of stasis dermatitis?

Updated: Mar 27, 2020
  • Author: Scott L Flugman, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Be wary of infection in stasis dermatitis. This becomes more problematic when using topical corticosteroids, which make the patient more susceptible to infection. Open excoriations and erosions should be treated with a topical antibiotic, such as bacitracin or Polysporin. Obvious superficial impetiginization should be treated with topical mupirocin or a systemic antibiotic with activity against Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species (eg, dicloxacillin, cephalexin, cefadroxil, levofloxacin).

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