Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment may speed healing of minor skin conditions. Keep open wounds clean and covered.

When to seek immediate medical care

See a doctor immediately if:

  • Red streaks on skin
  • Lightheadedness
  • Low blood pressure

When to make a doctor's appointment

Make an appointment to see a doctor if:

  • Fever lasting more than a day
  • Area of warmth, tenderness, pain, or swelling
  • Affected area increases
  • Increasing amount of fluid

Last Updated May 26, 2018

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