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Is bactroban (mupirocin) ointment ok to use for an open muscular abscess?

Is bactroban (mupirocin) ointment ok to use for an open muscular abscess?

No: Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is used on superficial skin infections and into the nares to decolonize staphylococcus aureus carriers. It would not be appropriate or effective treatment into an open abscess in a muscle. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

I have a boil that popped on its own and has drained but the hole won't close up it's been 2 weeks. I've been using triple antibiotic ointmen?

Hole: A larger hole could tasks longer to close. Be sure to wash the area daily - warm bath or shower and let dry. If not improving...closing more each day...check with your doctor ...Read more

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If you don't take care of an abscess what harm can it do?

Worst case-DEATH: Depending on where it is, the microbe that is causing the infection, and the size of the abscess itself, an abscess can eventually lead to a blood infection (e.g. Skin/soft tissue abscess- blood infection- heart infection) or infection of an adjacent structure (epidural abscess- brain abscess), causing overwhelming infection and death, or at least major disfigurement and handicap. ...Read more

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Last year I had an abscess about 5 cm , I had a surgery and now after a year it came back to me and its growing I don't know what to do beside surgery?

Last year I had an abscess about 5 cm , I had a surgery and now after a year it came back to me and its growing I don't know what to do beside surgery?

Abscess: Abscesses need to be open to heal. May need to remove the cyst wall. Consider washing w/ antibacterial 'hibiclens' 1-2 x/ week to prevent bacteria build up. Wash 2x a day in summer, keep pores open. Change position every 30 min for 1-2 min . Pilonidal cyst needs more definitive surgery f/w/doc http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pilonidal-cyst/basics/prevention/con-20025007 ...Read more