Infection is a status effect infliction in Starfield that you can get by multiple ways and is very simple to treat.
As you advance through the Starfield storyline, you may find yourself afflicted with various ailments, including infections that require treatment. When you’re infected, a purple pill icon will appear next to your character in the main menu.
Starfield features a range of infections, such as Hypothermia, Pneumonia, and Lung Damage. The severity of these infections can be assessed at the doctor’s clinic, where you’ll receive a prognosis based on your condition.
If your infection is mild, you’ll receive an “Excellent” prognosis. Conversely, if the disease has inflicted damage to your internal organs, your prognosis will be “Poor.” In such cases, your physical capabilities will significantly deteriorate, making it imperative to seek treatment as early as possible.
How to treat Infections in Starfield
In Starfield, there are multiple ways to Cure infections, which are listed below:
Visit a Doctor
The primary and most effective method for healing a Starfield infection is by consulting a skilled medical professional. Fortunately, locating doctors is a straightforward task, as they can be found in clinics situated across all major cities in Starfield.
To begin the healing process, head to “New Atlantis City.” Once there, proceed to the lodge and venture eastward to locate the “Reliant Medical Building.” Upon arrival, enter the building and seek out the services of Dr. Alexei Lebedev.
Upon reaching the doctor’s office, engage in a conversation with him, during which you’ll encounter several dialogue options. Choose the “I need help, doc” option to initiate the treatment for your Starfield infection. Be prepared to allocate a sum of credits ranging from “400 to 700” for your infection treatment.
Analgesic Poultice (aid item)
In Starfield, you can also use various items, such as an Analgesic Poultice, to treat infections. For that, you first need to get your hands on one, which can be done by crafting it inside the Pharmaceutical Lab.
The lab is inside “The Lodge” in the New Atlantis city. Once there, you will need several items below to craft an Analgesic Poultice.
- “X1 Bandages”
- “X1 Antibiotics”
- “X1 Heal Paste”
After crafting the Analgesic Poultice, you can find it inside the “Aid Section” of your inventory. Select it from there and press “A” to heal Starfield Infections.
Antibiotics (aid items)
In the event that you choose not to visit a doctor or find yourself situated within a planetary system far from medical facilities, Antibiotics can serve as the most practical solution for treating infections in Starfield. To obtain Antibiotics, you’ll need to visit one of the vendors mentioned below:
- Jemison Merchantile (New Atlantis)
- Reliant Medical (New Atlantis)
- Trade Authority (Akila City)
Healing Infections with Antibiotics can be a slow process, but if you want to speed up the process, you can use Antibiotic Paste. You need to head inside one of the Pharmaceutical labs to get your hands on one. From there, you will be able to craft Antibiotic Paste using the following items:
- X1 Membrance
- X1 Antimicrobial
Another form of Antibiotic called “Antibiotic Cocktail” is best for curing Starfield infections. It is a concussion of multiple Antibiotics that will help you treat infections faster than ever. You can purchase this from the vendors mentioned listed below:
- Manaaki Almonte (Cydonia)
- James Newill (Neon)
- Kolman Land (Neon)
- Mary Cartwrite (Akilla City)
Penicillin X (aid item)
Suppose you are not having luck with treating infections with antibiotics. In that case, you can try Penicillin X. It is a modified “High-Intensity Antibiotic” designed to help eliminate the disease from the player’s body.
To get your hands on Pencillin X, you can visit multiple vendors and craft it inside the “Pharmaceutical Lab.” For that, you will need several items listed below:
- X1 Membrane
- X2 Antimicrobial
- X1 Metabolic Agent
How to get an Infection for the Decontamination skill
In Starfield, there is a way that you can use to help boost your immunity and cure for the Infections. This can be made possible using the Decontamination skill. The skill has several ranks; the final one will allow you not to have the infection for your whole life.
To get Starfield Decontamination skills, you must first unlock it by spending 8 Skill Points. Your immunity from infections is minimal to none at this rank; therefore, you need to increase your rank.
You need to purposely inflict yourself with the Infection and recover from it multiple times. The highest rank requires players to heal from the infection 30 times, allowing you not to get infections in your lifetime.
To get yourself inflicted with infection, you can get yourself to a “Cold or Damp area” while wearing low-resistance gear. Doing so will allow you first to get the cough, leading to Lung Damage and Infection in Starfield.