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A 34-year-old female asked:

Dr prescription famciclovir & mupirocin. culture shows negative 4 staph. i've been putting this in my nose per doc but it specifically says not to. is it ok to?

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Dr. Robert Peppercorn
Dermatology 45 years experience
Nose: Commonly used for bacterial nose infections. If not getting better in a week, please return to your doctor.
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Dr. David Sire
Dermatology 56 years experience
It is : Famciclovir is an antiviral drug specifically to treat herpes simplex and Mupirocin is a topical antibacterial agent. The package insert describes the fact that they were not used on mucous membranes in the fda testing. If you have had no irritation, the short term used for a week should be fine. Stop its use if any irritation develops. Return to your prescribing physician for followup in a wee.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2014

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