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Mupirocin Is Used For
Not really: It is a corticosteroid used mostly in eczema and psoriasis, contact dermatitis problems more than scars. Some mds do use it for massage as a wound is healing (2-3 weeks after stitch removal to encourage less redness in the area. I would ask your surgeon their preference for applying potions to scar areas. Not used in all cases. ...Read more
Not very: By the time someone has a boil, it's generally too late for antibiotics. A boil needs to be opened and drained. In addition, a large proportion of boils or abscesses these days are caused by mrsa, which can't be treated with keflex. Mrsa is generally treated with Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) or clindamycin, but again, drainage is the key. ...Read more
Ear infection: Yes, tetracycline can be used for ear infections if the perceived or cultured bacterial cause may be susceptible. However, it is rarely used because most bacteria that cause ear infections are resistant to tetracycline. It is not advisable to use tetracycline on children less than 8 years old because of tooth staining. ...Read more
Vanicream: I really like Vanicream but Cetaphil and Eucerin are all good options. In addition avoid long hot showers and harsh and drying cleansers like Ivory, Irish Spring, or Lever 2000. Apply fragrance-free moisturizer like Vanicream immediately after shower to damp skin. For break-through itch Sarna lotion can be added. Topical steroid ointments are prescribed depending on severity of eczema flare. ...Read more
Seldom needs AB: Paronychia seldom needs therapy with antibiotics. Usually frequent hot compresses and soaks will bring it to a head and allow either spontaneous drainage or opening with a blade. If there is extension of the infection beyond the rim of the nail this requires more specific identification of the organism before treatment, but often drugs like clindamycin, Doxycycline and others can be started. ...Read more
Is nebcin (tobramycin) just an in-hospital antibiotic; is there a similar pill for outpatient use?
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