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should i clean my impetigo lesions before applying ointment

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience Pediatric Emergency Medicine
See your doctor: Healing skin infections should start to get smaller and less red with treatment. If you are concerned return to your doctor for a recheck.

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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
May need more: Simple impetigo in a localized setting may respond to local treatment with bactroban. Cleansing the area with peroxide can assist in some cases. When ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Satish Sundar
33 years experience Pediatrics
Right drug?: Please talk to your doctor You may need a different antibiotic due to a feud resistant staph infection or even a culture to determine this
A 4-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Doesn't sound good: A preschooler with impetigo (skin infection) who then gets a skin lump that is swelling "by the second" sounds bad. It's possible that the forehead kn ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Charlene Sojico
40 years experience Pediatrics
Yes you can: Bactroban/ Mupirocin ointment works the best and it is a prescription.
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience Dermatology
Yes and no: Peroxide ok but avoid neopsporin as up to 10% get an allergic reaction. Just use vaseline.
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience Family Medicine
Medical exam: you may have a mixed chemical burn with secondary infection, Bacteria from you hand may have transferring to the armpit area. Call for an exam today!
A 69-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Mupirocin nasal, : You need to clear your nasal passages before applying it, if for Ny reason you need to blow your nose right, you can do that and reapply, otherwise, I ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jan Lei Iwata
25 years experience Ophthalmology
Depends what you: mean by superficial wound. If it's a laceration that's superficial or skin abrasion on your lower lid, the antibiotic ointment will prevent it from ge ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Todd Sisto
36 years experience Breast Surgery
Yes: try to keep infection out and the scab soft
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Benoit
9 years experience Internal Medicine
Moisturize!: If you have eczema, you must keep your skin moist. Anything that dries your skin will irritate it more (alcohol wipes are included here). Most derma ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
32 years experience Family Medicine
Aquaphor will: probably be sufficient to keep it moisturized.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Use a lip balm to moisturize the lips. In general though, avoid those with fragrances and flavors.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Burns
36 years experience Emergency Medicine
If minor..: You are going to hear varied opinions on wound care. Treatment of a specific wound is very visually based ie. It needs to be looked at by the person ... Read More
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A 5-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Josa
38 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Very frustrating: It's very hard to keep a baby or anyone else for that matter from continually scratching. Try socks on the hands during sleep but they usually come o ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Clarene Cress
Specializes in Pediatrics
Yes: It is an old product that has been used for diaper rash in infants as well without problems.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Maloney
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Moist Healing is Fas: When you have a scratch on the skin, whether a mole is involved or not, applying an antibiotic ointment or vaseline at least six times a day will help ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Diane Deschino
25 years experience Internal Medicine
Stop now: Remove the cover and stop neosporin asap. The neomycin in neosporin can slow healing. You should see a dr for a serious burn. You will need a prescri ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Scott Keith
43 years experience Podiatry
Treat and Watch.: There is a possibility that the skin is inflamed and not infected. If you have been treating the toe this way and have seen little to no improvement, ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Scott Katz
25 years experience Pediatrics
Exam Required: Oozing, crusting skin lesions are likely a sign of a bacterial infection, most commonly caused by staph or strep bacteria. Your child should be examin ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Soap and water.: Clean with plain old soap and water. Silver sulfadiazine is not required - vaseline or bacitracin or triple antibiotic would be fine.
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A female asked:
Dr. Christiaan Maurer
22 years experience Internal Medicine
YES: Scarring will be less if you keep it moist with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Krulak
22 years experience Family Medicine
Diaper rash: The first line treatment for a diaper rash is an agent that provides a barrier between the skin and the baby's waste. Antibacterial creams like Fucid ... Read More

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