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If your bursitis is not infectious, the doctor may inject the bursa with a
corticosteroid to reduce inflammation.
If your bursitis is infectious, the bursa will be drained
with a needle. The doctor will prescribe antibiotics to be taken in pill form.
If the infection is very serious, or does not respond to oral antibiotics, or if
your immune system is weakened for another reason, you may be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics. Most causes of infectious bursitis, however, can be managed safely at home. Rarely a surgical operation to remove the bursa can be required.