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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bactroban (Definition)

Treats skin infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics. Bactroban (mupirocin) is an antibacterial used to treat skin ...Read more


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My husband has MRSA in his nose. He was in the hospital. He used the mupirocin ointment in his nose daily as prescribed. Is he contagious to others?

MRSA: Your husband is not likely to be "contagious" to others. The primary purpose of nasal screening is to demonstrate that he is colonized with this organism and if undergoing procedures producing breaks in the integument (skin and mucous membranes) he is then at risk of developing infection with this organism. In addition to mupirocin he should bathe with soap containing chlorhexidine only. ...Read more

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I visited a doctor and was prescribed paracetamol , antibiotic and mupirocin oitment. Will it help in curing boil? Is there anything else I can do? It pains and at times very hard!

I visited a doctor and was prescribed paracetamol , antibiotic and mupirocin oitment. Will it help in curing boil? Is there anything else I can do? It pains and at times very hard!

Heat and drain maybe: Frequently a boil might need to be drained with a simple incision. Antibiotics will not penetrate the area of puss collection well. It looks like this was not your case at the time. Possibly the treatment you have now will take care of it. Also applying warm compress over it may help it also. There are other"home remedies"described"out there' but none that for sure work as far as I know. ...Read more

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I have an infected tattoo, saw a doctor Tuesday & prescribed doxycycline and mupirocin ointment. Less red, but painful and still sores. Doctor again?

I have an infected tattoo, saw a doctor Tuesday & prescribed doxycycline and mupirocin ointment. Less red, but painful and still sores. Doctor again?

Infection: Reasons to return to the doctor include worsening symptoms, lack of improvement, fever or other systematic symptoms, red streaking along the extremity., or any other concerns. You would certainly want to continue the antibiotics unless told otherwise, but perhaps your doctor could ensure the pathogen is susceptible to the chosen antibiotic. ...Read more

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Saw a doc for red, puffy, infected nostril. He prescribed Bactroban ointment. Is this standard of care, or should I be taking oral antibiotic too?

Saw a doc for red, puffy, infected nostril. He prescribed Bactroban ointment. Is this standard of care, or should I be taking oral antibiotic too?

Vestibulitis: Greetings. Great question. Personally, I recommend the same treatment for an infected nostril area. The topical ointment soothes sore membranes and kills the Staph bacteria that is most commonly responsible for this problem. IF the symptoms don't improve after 5 days of treatment, then I usually will prescribe an oral antibiotic like Cefadroxil. I hope this helps. You can consult me if needed. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
202 doctors shared insights

Mupirocin (Definition)

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