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Best Ways to Cure Infection in 7 Days to Die

Avoid death by curing Infection in 7 Days to Die!

Being hit by a zombie comes with a chance of being infected, and that means you’ll die a slow death. In this guide we’ll go over best ways to cure Infection in 7 Days to Die to avoid just that.

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How to Cure Infection in 7 Days to Die

There are multiple cures for Infection in-game, but they have varying levels of success. They are:

  • Antibiotics
  • Herbal Antibiotics
  • Jars of Honey

How Cures Work on Infection

Essentially, the cures for Infection work by reducing it by a certain percentage. Being Infected reduces your attributes and makes it take longer to recover your Stamina.

The Infection debuff’s percentage increases over time. At 100%, you die. Reducing it to 0%, however, removes the debuff. Since it takes so long to reach 100%, I’ve only had it happen in one or two games throughout the almost decade I’ve spent playing.

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If you’re Infected, Antibiotics are the best treatment. They reduce Infection by 25%, so using them early enough means you only need one dose to be cured. The problem is that Antibiotics are difficult to find, and you need to unlock the recipe through reading Medical Journals scattered in the world if you want to craft them. However, once you can craft them, you’ll need:

  • x1 Old Sham Sandwich
  • x1 Nitrate Powder
  • x1 Water

Herbal Antibiotics

The second best option is Herbal Antibiotics. These reduce Infection by 10%. They’re much easier to craft since you only need to read half the number of Medical Journals as you would for Antibiotics (30 and 60, respectively). You can also craft them on a Campfire with a Cooking Pot instead of needing to build a Chemistry Station. The recipe on the Campfire costs more ingredients and looks like this:

  • x5 Blueberries
  • x3 Mushrooms
  • x3 Chrysanthemum Powder
  • x3 Nitrate Powder
  • x1 Water

Jars of Honey

The last option for treating Infection is a Jar of Honey. Jars of Honey reduce Infection by 5%, and they can’t be crafted. This means you need to find them, and they’re usually in containers that have medical supplies. But you can also harvest them from trees. So you can find them in places like:

  • Pop-N-Pills Crates
  • Medicine Cabinets
  • Ambulances
  • Tree Stumps (20% Drop Rate)
  • Tree (5% Drop Rate after reading Wasteland Treasures: Honey)

And that covers the best (and only) ways to cure Infection in 7 Days to Die. If you don’t care about losing experience or items, you could also die another way. Then, when you revive, you won’t be infected anymore. But the experience penalty increases for every death, so this isn’t a good option. From here, check our 7DtD guide hub for more topics like how to make Forged Iron and how to Clay.

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Melissa Sarnowski has been working as a gaming writer professionally for two years, having been at GameSkinny for over a year now as a horror beat writer. She has an English degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison. While she focuses on all things horror, she also enjoys cozy games, MMOs like FFXIV and WoW, and any and everything in between.