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  • Oral Medications: Valacyclovir, Famcicylovir, or acyclovir


  • Oral medications for all except CA-MRSA
    • Cephalexin, Cefadroxil, Clindamycin (alternative if allergic to penicillin)
  • Oral medications for CA-MRSA
    • Clindamycin, Trimethoprim/Sulfamethoxazole, Doxycycline


  • Terbinafine, Itraconazole, Fluconazole
  • Topical Creams: Terbinafine, Butenafine, Naftifine, Econazole

For all medications

  • The medications listed are recommended based on the research. However, they may not be the only medications available to treat the skin condition.
  • Follow the instructions from your prescribing physician
  • Complete the entire prescription as instructed, DO NOT shorten a treatment, timeline, or dosage for any reason unless instructed by your physician. Even if all symptoms are gone complete the prescription.
  • Never share medications or self-medicate. Not being on the correct medication will increase time to resolution and could exacerbate symptoms.
  • Contact to your physician if symptoms do not begin to improve in 72 hours from the start of taking your medication.

Additional treatment considerations

  • In some instances, you may be instructed to stop physical activity.
  • Some infections can be spread systemically (throughout the body). These infections can be exacerbated by physical activity requiring a period of rest while the infection resolves.
  • Shower with antimicrobial soap while you have an active infection
  • As the infection is clearing and a physician has said you are no longer contagious dispose of all reusable personal care products that previously came in contact with your skin before or during the infection. Examples include deodorant, razors, makeup, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Do not return to play until cleared by your attending physician.
  • Prevention is the best treatment. Once infected continue to follow all prevention guidelines for prevention hygiene.