Superficial skin eruptions, usually caused by staphylococcus aureus and albus, result from contaminated hands of the personnel responsible for caring the neonate. No treatment other than local application of the triple-dye is indicated.
Pyoderma, manifesting as pustules over scalp, neck, axillae and groins, may spread to cause abscesses, osteomyelitis, parotitis, septicemia and what is worst, remarkable erythema, bullae and exfoliation (pemphigus neonatorum).
Treatment of these lesions is puncturing followed by application of triple dye. Any suggestion of spread of infection is an indication for administering erythromycin or some such antibiotic agents.