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Is it true that bacitracin zinc ointment helps a staph skin infection?

Is it true that bacitracin zinc ointment helps a staph skin infection?

It's protective: Antibacterial ointments are great at preventing infection from getting into your skin. That's why they are great for open wounds and ulcers. If you already have a skin infection, ointments likely wont help much. It may require oral antibiotics or if there is a abscess, drainage. ...Read more

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Dr. David Kahan
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Skin Infection (Definition)

Skin infection is a condition in which a person has a skin problem caused by infection with germs such as yeast, fungi, viruses, bacteria, or parasites. Oral medicines, IV medicines, and/or creams and gels can be used in the treatment of skin infections. Severe, life-threatening infections ...Read more


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What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks

What is a better choice for skin staph infection: maximum strength neosporin or bacitracin with zinc along with the oral antibiotic doxycyline? Thanks

Doxycycline: The treatment of choice for any staph infection is oral Doxycycline (or one of the other antibiotics indicated for staph). Topical creams such as neosporin or Bacitracin are relatively ineffective; they might have a small supplemental effect when used with an oral antibiotic, but should not be used by themselves for staph. ...Read more

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What can be done for a staph skin infection- cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

What can be done for a staph skin infection- cipro (ciprofloxacin)?

Maybe: Depending on the culture and what it is actually sensitive to. That is why some strains are methocillin resistant (mrsa). Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication for you. ...Read more

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Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment in my nose if it is really dry?

Can I use bacitracin zinc ointment in my nose if it is really dry?

Bactroban (mupirocin): Your dermatologist could give you Bactroban (mupirocin) Ointment which may be better. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a staph infection to dissapear if it's just a skin infection?

Infection: Depends on the extent of infection and what is being done. A small amount of folliculitis can resolve with cleaning and topical antibiotic. If you have an abscess it needs drainage and often a few days of antibiotic. ...Read more

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Will a staph skin infection harm my unborn baby?

Probably not.: Staphylococcus skin infections are typically localized to the skin and pose no risk to unborn babies -- but the infection needs to be treated before it can cause any harm to you. See your obstetrician. ...Read more

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Are both bacitracin ointment & bacitracin zinc ointment the same?

Are both bacitracin ointment & bacitracin zinc ointment the same?

Yes: Bacitracin is an effective topical antibiotic. Bacitracin zinc is a salt of the compound that is usually added to neomycin and polymixin b to form the triple antibiotic, neosporin. ...Read more

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My son had a small skin infection from a pimple on his face been taken care with bacitracin and its cured, but he still has a dark spot whatcan I do?

My son had a small skin infection from a pimple  on his face been taken care with bacitracin and its cured, but he still has a dark spot whatcan I do?

Sunscreen, exfoliate: The dark spot is a hyperpigmentation scar that will fade on its own. The most important thing is to wear sunscreen everyday as the spots can get darker in the sun. An over-the-counter cream containing retinol or aha can help exfoliate the spot and speed the healing, however these creams can irritate the skin. Even with the creams it will take a few weeks to months to heal, so be patient. ...Read more

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Dr. Chad Levitt
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


Dr. Neal Kraus
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Staphylococcal Infection (Definition)

Staphylococcal infection is a bacterial infection that can cause disease in many parts of the body. Staph infections ...Read more