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can you use mupirocin ointment for an infected ear piercing

A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glynis Ablon
28 years experience Dermatology
See doctor: for oral and or topical antibiotics, try cleaning with hydrogen peroxide

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marya Cassandra
19 years experience Dermatology
May want evaluation.: You may want to have your ear evaluated by a doctor. If it is not responding to over the counter topical antibiotics like neosporin you may have a com ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harry Greenberg
26 years experience Dermatology
You can't: If your ear piercing is infected, you will need to take out the earring. Additionally, you may need to see a medical professional for oral and topica ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Inocencio Candelaria
16 years experience Family Medicine
Is the infection ok?: is your ear infection treated already? talk to your doctor, I am available foe second opinion if needed
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Levine
33 years experience Pediatrics
No: Cortisporin (neomycin polymyxin and hydrocortisone) ear suspension is one of the treatments for a current external ear infection ("swimmers ear"), but ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience Family Medicine
No.: Antibiotic ointments will just stick to the outside of where you apply. Outer ear infections produce debris and secretions that make antibiotic drops ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Patrick Melder
26 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes but why?: Using ear drops to "prevent" an ear infection is not wise. You are using a prescribed medication (likely left over) to prevent something that can be p ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Derek Farley
23 years experience Urgent Care
Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): Will cause less potential irritation vs neosporin.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Possibly: New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Mupirocin is a very effective topical antibiotic that is used to treat impetigo (a cutaneous form of strep/staph infection).
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
No: Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is used on superficial skin infections and into the nares to decolonize staphylococcus aureus carriers. It would not b ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Kattuah
22 years experience Dentistry
Probably: It shouldn't be a problem, but i would do one or the other, and alternate them. It may be possible that betadyne may interfere with some of the ingred ... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Minich
36 years experience Family Medicine
Caramine peroxide is: Used for whitening teeth and has nothing to do with treating an ear infection, you can whiten your teeth when you have an ear infection.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Donald Shenenberger
24 years experience Dermatology
See your doctor: If you had a nasal septum piercing and it has become infected then you need to see your doctor. While bactroban may help, a septal infection can beco ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Bactroban Nasal: Yes, you can use a qtip to apply the Bactroban Nasal ointment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Candace Spann
20 years experience Dermatology
No: While coconut oil can be soothing for inflamed skin, true infected piercing a will require a topical antibiotic and sometimes even a systemic antibiot ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
42 years experience Dermatology
Mupirocin: Great idea! Mupirocin is the best surface antibiotic ointment and much better than neosporin.
A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
Cuts and Scrapes: Antibiotics are used for infections. These products you mention are safe in pregnancy, but are they necessary for just simple cuts and scrapes? Prob ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hello. : Hello. Campho phenique can help with pain of the external ear canal. However if you have a middle or inner ear infection, I am not sure that it woul ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Possibly, but seldom: If this organism is staph aureus this may be somewhat effective, but if you do not begin to clear up rapidly would seek further advice.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Andrew Malinchak
29 years experience Family Medicine
Peroxide: No! do not put peroxide into your eyes!
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mandakini Patel
40 years experience Pediatrics
Ear infection: No do not use acetone> see ur doc to get aprescription for antibiotics. Some ear infections may have a ruptured ear drum from it, you cannot have ace ... Read More
A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Lori Poling
16 years experience Pharmacology
Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): That would be perfectly fine. There are no known problems with this, and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) and neosporin are not penicillins.
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