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Dr. Jonathan Levin
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Antibiotic Ointment (Overview)

Antibiotic ointment is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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What's a good antibiotic ointment to use over stitches after rhinoplasty? And easiest way to get all dried blood out?

What's a good antibiotic ointment to use over stitches after rhinoplasty? And easiest way to get all dried blood out?

Bacitracin...: I tell my patients to use bacitracin for the first fish days followed by vaseline/aquaphor until the crusting on the incision line is gone. At that point, no ointment is needed. It is common for antibiotic ointment to accrue if the incision are not cleaned appropriately. Consult with your surgeon for their personal preference, but dilute hydrogen peroxide used gently cleans incision well. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Levin
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Antibiotic Ointment (Overview)

Antibiotic ointment is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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What's an all-purpose antibiotic ointment?

What's an all-purpose antibiotic ointment?

Marketing: These are mostly over the counter products usually containing several antibiotics to get a broad coverage. They are in face useful and will cover a wide range of bacterial invaders to the body. Marketing adds the term "all-purpose" so you will purchase the product for any type of skin condition. A persistent lesion should be seen by your dermatologist. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow directions on label
Once
Take all doses as directed. Don't stop when you feel better.
Once
Do not take someone else's antibiotic
Once
Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
Once
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I've been applying a prescribed antibiotic ointment to my diagnosed impetigo for 5 days. How do I know the impetigo is healing? I don't think it is.

I've been applying a prescribed antibiotic ointment to my diagnosed impetigo for 5 days. How do I know the impetigo is healing? I don't think it is.

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. ...Read more

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Do you think I can use antibiotic ointment for an outer ear infection?

No.: Antibiotic ointments will just stick to the outside of where you apply. Outer ear infections produce debris and secretions that make antibiotic drops a more effective delivery mechanism. The drops might contain steroids to decrease the inflammation to improve the pain also. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Used at home hair removal laser-burned skin under lower lip-used antibiotic ointment-then got white blisters/pustules? &rash spread-what's wrong now?

Used at home hair removal laser-burned skin under lower lip-used antibiotic ointment-then got white blisters/pustules? &rash spread-what's wrong now?

See dermatologist: See a dermatologist to get proper wound care and treatment of scar. Early and proper intervention can prevent or minimize scar. The allergic reaction to topical antibiotic can be treated with a prescription topical steroid. Infection may require oral antibiotic. Wound needs to be treated with petrolatum (vaseline or aquaphor). ...Read more

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How does antibiotic ointment work on belly button?

How does antibiotic ointment work on belly button?

Like a charm: Same way it works everywhere else - kills or disables bacteria. Ointments also contain petroleum based agents which help the skin retain moisture. ...Read more

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I had a punch biopsy to remove mole on labia majora my dr gave me antibiotic ointment that expired 3years ago. I didn't know until 4days after using it?

I had a punch biopsy to remove mole on labia majora my dr gave me antibiotic ointment that expired 3years ago. I didn't know until 4days after using it?

Expired : A product loses its effectiveness after the expiration date. One should contact the physician for a recommendation as to what product should be applied to a healing wound. For example, a topical antibacterial or vaseline to name a couple of possibilities. ...Read more

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Are there potential side effects of swallowing an antibiotic ointment?

Yes: Depends on how much you swallowed. The topicals are at a much higher strength and cause significant problems if swallowed. ...Read more

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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more