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Dr. John Leander Po
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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


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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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What is the best triple antibiotic ointment?

What is the best triple antibiotic ointment?

See below: The least expensive one that cures/prevents an infection. ...Read more

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Please explain what does a "triple antibiotic ointment" do?

Please explain what does a "triple antibiotic ointment" do?

Antibacterial: The "Triple" part of the name refers to the fact that the ointment contains three active ingredients: bacitracin, polymyxin, and neomycin. Other antibiotic ointments may have just bacitracin or bacitracin with polymyxin. About 10% of people are allergic to neomycin, so they should avoid products with neomycin if they need an antibiotic ointment for a skin infection. ...Read more

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How long to apply antibiotic ointment to dissolvable sutures?

How long to apply antibiotic ointment to dissolvable sutures?

7-10 days: Call your doctor however after 7-10 days of healing you will be fine unless you notice infection or tissue not healthy. ...Read more

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Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Suspected insect bites wound that would not heal despite applying antibiotic ointment, Fusidum for a couple of weeks.

Fusidium?: Fusidium is a genus of fungus. If there are lesions on the skin that are not clearing up, usually it is advised to see a medical provider to get the areas checked. ...Read more

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I have two 1 inch length wounds about 1, too 2 centameters deep what's the best to use iodine or antibiotic ointment?

I have two 1 inch length wounds about 1, too 2 centameters deep what's the best to use iodine or antibiotic ointment?

Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation (red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing and antibiotic ointment changed every other day and protected from trauma. ...Read more

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Antibiotic ointment in nose, is that okay?

Antibiotic ointment in nose, is that okay?

Yes.: Nasal Mupirocin is the drug of choice to eliminate MRSA carried in the nose. ...Read more

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Can I use antibiotic ointment on baby?

Can I use antibiotic ointment on baby?

Depends: If there is any infection yes, but for all other reasons not really helpful. ...Read more

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Does expired antibiotic ointment work?

Does expired antibiotic ointment work?

Call: Ask your medical doctor as you want what will work best for your problem and not allow the infection to get worse. ...Read more

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Can antibiotic ointment help media otitis?

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No: Otitis media often requires oral or occasionally injectable antibiotics treatment, especially in children 2 years and under. ...Read more

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Safe to use triple antibiotic ointment on my skin?

Where else?: Antibiotic ointment is specifically manufactured to be used on skin, so I hope it's safe! ...Read more

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Can you use antibiotic ointment while taking valtrex (valacyclovir)?

Yes, BUT: There is no benefit to such use. Mupirocin is good for impetigo. Otc antibiotic ointments are of no benefit. Valtrex (valacyclovir) is generally used for 1 or 2 doses for herpes. No antibiotic helps herpes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use hydro-cortisone ointment as an antibiotic ointment?

Is it safe to use hydro-cortisone ointment as an antibiotic ointment?

Absolutely not: Steroids have no antimicrobial activity & can actually delay healing or allow opportunistic organisms to invade & infect. Antibiotics are designed to kill or halt the growth of bacteria. ...Read more

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Will an antibiotic ointment help a boil that has not entirely bursted?

Will an antibiotic ointment help a boil that has not entirely bursted?

Maybe, maybe not: External applications of abx ointments can help stop the spread of the boils germs once it empties, but is unligely to get inside the boil and kill the germs. Appling moist heat to the area often brings the boil to a point it will drain and then heal. Keep the area clean and it should heal well. If you have multiple boils or they recur frequently, oral meds may be needed to eliminate the source. ...Read more

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How good is to apply bnt antibiotic ointment to a diabetic ulser..?

Almost worthless: These are usually pressure related over areas that have diminished sensation and blood supply. When they become secondarily infected they will respond only to a combo of surgical debridement and systemic antibiotics. Unfortunately they often lead to amputation. ...Read more

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Is vaseline a triple antibiotic ointment and can it be used to clean wounds?

NO and NO: Vaseline petrolium jelly is just that and contains no antibiotics. It is not a cleaning agent either. Tao (triple antibiotic ointment) is three antibiotics, neomycin, polymyxin b, and Bacitracin in a petrolium jelly like base. ...Read more

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How to make infected wound heal faster? I've got my oral antibiotic and antibiotic ointment, how long does it takes to heal? What should be on my diet?

Patience.: If you take your antibiotic and apply the ointment, it will heal. Give it time. If it stops improving, the bacteria may be resistant to that particular antibiotic, and you should call your doctor. But as long as it's improving, however slowly, let it continue to heal. There is no way to artificially speed up this process, including modifying your diet. Just eat healthy and be patient. ...Read more

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Why must I avoid eyes while using an antibiotic ointment?

Why must I avoid eyes while using an antibiotic ointment?

Untested in eyes: I am guessing that you are using an antibiotic ointment for some skin problem on the face. Many products for the skin have not been tested on the eyes and the medical liability attorneys will tell the pharm company making the product to state on the label, not for eye use 'do not get in eyes'. The eyes can tolerate a little of many of these things so avoid the eyes but do not be obsessive. ...Read more

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Is using antibiotic ointment for inside my nose ok?

Is using antibiotic ointment for inside my nose ok?

Antibiotic ointment: Hello, I recommend using an antibiotic called mupiricin within your nose. This medication has the indication to be used inside. It is an ointment that your doctor needs to prescribe for you. If you use the otc brands, your nose could develop an inflammation worse than the infection you are treating. ...Read more

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Should I put antibiotic ointment on a scratched mole?

Should I put antibiotic ointment on a scratched mole?

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 it heal faster. Once the skin is healed, protect it with sunscrenn until the red/pink color fades. ...Read more

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So using antibiotic ointment for inside my nose is ok?

In general yes: I frequently have my patients use antibiotic ointment in their nose. I just don't like them to use antibiotic appointments that contained neomycin. Neomycin sometimes can cause sensitivity and allergic reactions. ...Read more

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I have a splinter near my butt and I don't wanna try to get it out or go to the doctor so what do I do? Can I but antibiotic ointment and a bandaid!

See a doc: Splinters can become infected, especially in an area that has a high bacterial count (anus or inter gluteal crease)
this can lead to cellulitis or abscess.
Also a doctor may have topical or local anesthesia that can make the excision more comfortable. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Levin
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Antibiotic Ointment (Definition)

Antibiotic ointment is a topical ...Read more