How to Cure Diseases in Skyrim

After being attacked in Skyrim by certain types of enemies and wild animals, such as Skeevers, Hagravens or Vampires, there is a chance that you will contract a disease. After contracting, these diseases will manifest their symptoms as negative stat effects that can severely weaken you in battle if left untreated. Fortunately, there are many ways for you to fight these diseases and get back in shape.

How to cure the disease

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The fastest and most reliable way to cure disease in Skyrim is to drink a cure disease potion. While these can often be found in dungeon chests as loot, they can just as easily be crafted on an alchemy table by combining Slime Crab Chitin with Vampire Dust. As disease-curing potions are single-use consumables, it’s a good idea to keep at least one on you at all times, in order to immediately quell an impending disease before its effects set in.

A much less reliable but still effective cure for most diseases is swallowing alchemical ingredients with Cure Disease as one of their four effects. The aforementioned Mud Crab Chitin is a good example of this property, although you need at least one point on the experimenter’s perk to try it, as curing disease is its second effect on four. Only Hawk Feathers have curing disease as its main effect, making it the most reliable cure for disease in the blink of an eye.

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If potions and potion ingredients are too out of reach for you, you can also try visiting the temples and shrines of almost every deity in Skyrim. Riften is a particularly good hub for ensuring your health, as praying at Mara’s Shrine in Riften and Nocturnal’s Shrine in the Thieves Guild will cure almost any disease. If easy access to health care is a major concern, it might be in your interest to buy a house in the town of Riften.

Note that some diseases, such as lycanthropy and vampirism, cannot be cured by traditional means. Falion, the mage of Morthal, can perform a ritual that is the only known cure for vampirism, aside from console commands. Lycanthropy, on the other hand, can only be cured by completing the Companions questline.

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