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Mupirocin Ointment Used To Treat
No: True "ringworm" is caused by a fungal infection. Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical antibiotic that works well for bacterial infections, but is not helpful for fungal infections. You can try over the counter Miconazole products, but may need to see your dermatologist for a prescription anti fungal. ...Read more
Usually works best: when used in conjunction with oral antibiotics. ...Read more
Bacteria vs virus: Very good question. Mupirocin (bactroban) is an antibiotic that is often used for bacterial based skin infections like impetigo. Shingles is caused by a virus, herpes zoster, and requires antiviral medications. Having said that, if you picked at your lesions they may have an additional bacterial component to them which umpired in might help. ...Read more
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Not helpful: Chalazia are the end product of the body's attempt to defeat a stye. They are an encysted nodule in the lid. Tobramycin and other antibiotics will not enter the chalazion so they will have no effect. Some chalazia spontaneously disappear, but if yours is obvious or troublesome, your ophthalmologist can suggest in office ways to get rid of it. ...Read more
Hemmorhoids: I have not heard of that cream being used we use other topical steroids it is a very common problem, not to worry. Can be related to either constipation or diarrhea. Hemorrhoids should be evaluated by a colo-rectal or general surgeon you will require dietary, bathroom habit modifications and sometimes office based procedures if medical management is ineffective such as sitz baths, creams. ...Read more
Not a good idea.: Silver is a toxic metal and has caused some problems in older children and adults when used to treat burns. For that reason silver sulfadiazine is no longer a favored agent. Babies have thinner skin that absorbs chemicals more readily, especially if ti's irritated or raw. So stick with the usual diaper rash products. Check with your pediatrician if the rash is severe or not clearing up. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Terrible choice: This is a glucocorticoid. It will suppress inflammation just enough to allow the bacteria to overgrow and come back with a vengeance. This class of medications actually causes acne as a side-effect. Please. You're a responsible adult. If you're going to use a medication that should be used only on a physician's orders, get with a competent physician for acne treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infected Eczema Only: Mupirocin ointment is a antibacterial preparation that can be helpful for eczema that has become infected but is not the proper treatment for maintenance of eczema long term. Using daily moisturizers and topical corticosteroid ointments for flares is more appropriate. See an Allergist or Dermatologist for more details on properly treating eczema. ...Read more
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