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Chancroid responds very well to a treatment with the antibiotics azythromycin, ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin and erythromycin. Once treatment is initiated, symptoms begin to resolve after approximately three days with lesions/ulcers healing over within three to seven days. In addition to antibiotics, the application of frequent saline compresses to ulcers/lesions will help to ensure a timely cure and aid in the prevention of secondary bacterial infection (infection by another local bacteria). In most cases, the associated abscesses in the groin must be aspirated (removal of the infected material/liquid by needle) before antibiotics are started.
Your physician will assist you in determining the antibiotics best suited to you.