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Should my daughters eczema/impetigo be covered with gauze on her face & cheeks? She's on the antibiotic ointment mupirocin

Should my daughters eczema/impetigo be covered with gauze on her face & cheeks? She's on the antibiotic ointment mupirocin

If around others: If she is around other children or siblings then covering it would be a good idea to prevent spread to others. If not around others then there isn't a need to cover it. ...Read more

Dr. Linda Callaghan
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Mupirocin (Definition)

Treats skin infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics. It is an antibiotic of ...Read more


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9mth old girl swollen red and hard nipple! She is being treated for impetigo with Erythromycin 200 syrup and Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. Should I worry, Boil?

9mth old girl swollen red and hard nipple! She is being treated for impetigo with Erythromycin 200 syrup and Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment. Should I worry, Boil?

Mastitis in a baby?: Make warm compresses with a clean wet warm washcloth over the area wrapped in Saran wrap for now to increase blood flow, encourage healing, and drainage of any boil or abscess. Please follow up with her pediatrician tomorrow. If it enlarges, becomes more painful, your child has a high fever or becomes lethargic, ER. ...Read more

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My impetigo is starting to bleed after using mupirocin for 6 days. Does it mean that my impetigo is healing now?

My impetigo is starting to bleed after using mupirocin for 6 days. Does it mean that my impetigo is healing now?

Not necessarily: Please consult a physician to get evaluated. It makes me wonder if you have a ulcerated form of impetigo (Ecthyma) which is treated with oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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After applying Mupirocin for my Impetigo condition, scabs form up at the sides of the wound. Should I pick this scab?

After applying Mupirocin for my Impetigo condition, scabs form up at the sides of the wound. Should I pick this scab?

No! Scabs are body: Created bandages. While rarely covering over/trapping infection; far more commonly wall out bacteria which damage. Soap & water + very gently cleaning scab area probably OK. Soap dissolves bacterial membranes; bactericidal. But picking breaks the scab/temporary skin repair & allows more bacteria in past the protective barrier. Skin: dry shedding cells, is a major component of our immune system. ...Read more

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Taking Septra and using bactroban on Impetigo. Its not crusted looks like pink, light brown peeled skin. Do they still need to covered with bandages?

Taking Septra and using bactroban on Impetigo. Its not crusted looks like pink, light brown peeled skin. Do they still need to covered with bandages?

No need to cover: You are being treated with Antibiotics for Impetigo and unless there is drainage you don't need to cover the lesions and they will eventually dry and scabs will fall ...Read more

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How long does impetigo last. I've done 2 rounds of clindamyicin and topical bactroban (mupirocin) and it seems to be coming back. I am the only one with it.?

Impetigo treatment: Try taking baths with warm soapy water. Add 3-4 tablespoons of bleach to water as a disinfectant. Also apply bactrioban to your nostrils several times during day. Keep your towel separate. ...Read more

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If I treat impetigo with bactroban (mupirocin) without seeing a doctor, will it be able to get better?

If I treat impetigo with bactroban (mupirocin) without seeing a doctor, will it be able to get better?

Possibly: School sores (or impetigo) are a bacterial skin infection caused by the bacteria staph aureus found everywhere. The treatment usually is ten days of antibiotics by mouth. The best antibiotic for school sores is flucloxacillin a form of penicillin. The sores also need to be covered to stop them spreading. Cleansing the skin with antiseptic and putting antibiotic cream in the nose may also be needed ...Read more

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Does eczema weep on babies face or is weeping impetigo? My 3 month old has been on mupirocin the past 9 days. Still inflamed and weeping off and on.

Does eczema weep on babies face or is weeping impetigo? My 3 month old has been on mupirocin the past 9 days. Still inflamed and weeping off and on.

Weeping skin: Both eczema and impetigo can weep. Unfortunately they can also go together. Impetigo should have improved at least somewhat with Mupirocin cream. For eczema, just using Mupirocin cream is not sufficient to improve the inflammation, so other meds need to be added. Please talk to you dermatologist about additional treatments for eczema. Also applying cool soaks even for a minute prior to meds helps. ...Read more

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I have impetigo&have taken kelflex &bactroban (mupirocin) for 10 days. The bactroban (mupirocin) is making the sores& inside nose bright red & swollen. What do I do?

I have impetigo&have taken kelflex &bactroban (mupirocin) for 10 days. The bactroban (mupirocin) is making the sores& inside nose bright red & swollen. What do I do?

Stop the bactroban (mupirocin): You can be sensitive/allergic to the bactroban (mupirocin) & should stop it immediately. Call your dr so the information can be reviewed & get into your medical record. If your dr wants to continue an ointment for the sores there are others out there that can be used. ...Read more

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What are bactroban ointment / mupirocin used for?

Antibiotic: Mupirocin is a prescription topical antibiotic for the treatment of superficial cutaneous infections. ...Read more

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Can you use mupirocin ointments on piercings?

If Infected: If there are clinical signs of a superficial skin infection after a piercing, topical Mupirocin may be used. If the infection is deep, systemic antibiotics may be necessary. ...Read more

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When should you use mupirocin ointment on the skin?

Short term use: I generally recommend Mupirocin for mild, superficial infections that don't warrant the use of systemic antibiotics. I will also use it in the nostrils to reduce carriage of methicillin-resistant staph aureus (mrsa). There may be some other cases where I would consider Mupirocin but I would have to think about that one. ...Read more

Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Bactroban (Definition)

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Dr. Antoanella Calame
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Impetigo (Definition)

A bacterial skin infection ...Read more