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Antibiotic (Definition)

An antibiotic is a medicine that slows, stops, or kills germs. The germs are usually bacteria causing an infection in a person, so the person uses antibiotics to help his body get ...Read more


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Reoccurring bloody scabs in nostril resilient to antibiotic ointment ?

Nose picking? : It is really unusual to have scabs in your nose without trauma. You can get nose bleeds with allergies or other reasons. Sometimes people get nose bleeds with blood disorders. You can also get nosebleeds with blood cancers like leukemia. If you don't pick your nose, you need an evaluation ...Read more

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Is antibiotic ointment safe to use on sore spot inside nostril?

Is antibiotic ointment safe to use on sore spot inside nostril?

Antibiotics: Many antibiotic ointments do not recommend their use intranasally. Some antibiotics can be, but it would be best to see your doctor to determine 1) if antibiotics are the best treatment for your problem and if so which one to use, 2) if not, what medicine is appropriate. ...Read more

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Can you recommend an over-the-counter antibiotic treatment for folliculitis inside the nostril?

Nasal antibiotic: THe best option would be Mupirocin (Bactroban), applied with a cotton tip swab twice daily for 5 days. ...Read more

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Persistent thick dark green mucus from nose. One blocked nostril, sinus pain. 3 rounds of antibiotics. Just viral and wait it out? Been 2mths

Persistent thick dark green mucus from nose. One blocked nostril, sinus pain. 3 rounds of antibiotics. Just viral and wait it out? Been 2mths

Doesn't sound viral: Presuming you were on appropriate antibiotics, it sounds like you have chronic sinusitis. You might consider seeing an ear/nose/throat specialist (otorhinolaryngologist) to help determine if an anatomical issue such as a nasal polyp or a foreign body is responsible for the persistent infection. Good luck! ...Read more

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I've had my one side of nostril blocked and slight pain for 3 months tried antibiotics for a week didn't get rid of it worried it nose cancer?

Nasal cancer: Incredible rare, particularly in someone your age. Go and see an ENT doctor. This is probably allergy, viral infection, anatomic deviation, or other less common condition. Do not take antibiotics. They may create more problems than they solve. Good luck. ...Read more

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Foul smell in nose, sores through both nostrils with light bleeding and pus. Strong Antibiotic cleas it but it comes back. What could this be? 1yr+now

Foul smell in nose, sores through both nostrils with light bleeding and pus. Strong Antibiotic cleas it but it comes back. What could this be? 1yr+now

Chronic sinusitis: Requires ENT evaluation. You may have sinus abscesses or infected, degenerating nasal polyps. You will need sinus cultures and fiberoptic nasal exam. ...Read more

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Saw a doc for red, puffy, infected nostril. He prescribed Bactroban (mupirocin) 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 (mupirocin) 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

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Been on antibiotics 4 sinus infection. Finish dose now on 2nd antibiotic. Can not breathe out of left nostril. Very congested. And stuffy???

Been on antibiotics 4 sinus infection. Finish dose now on 2nd antibiotic. Can not breathe out of left nostril. Very congested. And stuffy???

See doc: you should see an ENT physician to rule out an obstruction. If it's in fact a sinus infection two courses of antibiotics should clear it up by now. ...Read more

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I've recently gotten over a sinus infection. Was on antibiotics. I now have a nasty smell in one nostril. Will the Flonase help?

I've recently gotten over a sinus infection. Was on antibiotics. I now have a nasty smell in one nostril. Will the Flonase help?

Sinusitis: One usually does not need antibiotics for sinusitis, but the now nasty smell suggests that there may be residual infection in the sinus. Decongestants, nasal saline irrigation with a Neti-pot, and perhaps the nasal steroids may help. If this does not improve ASAP however would see an ENT doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have a MRSA bump on my breast but my left nostril is painful and hurts is that connected to each other been taking antibiotic +cream MRSA bump black?

I have a MRSA bump on my breast but my left nostril is painful and hurts is that connected to each other been taking antibiotic +cream MRSA bump black?

Nose: You need to get your nose looked at and have it cultured to see if you are a staph carrier. If that bump on your breast is black and you diabetes it should be looked at today even if you have to go to the ER ...Read more

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I believe an ingrown hair in my nostril has caused an infection. Can I use a topical anti-biotic inside my nostril. If not, what can I use?

Examination: You may need to go to the doctors to get it looked at for possible infection and treatment for removal. It may be painful but should have it examined and treated. ...Read more

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Over 2 months...yellow crusty scab forms in left nostril in same place all the time. When I pick it off, the odor is not pleasant. What is this?

Nasal vestibulitis: This can be a chronic condition caused by a low grade colonization of bacteria just under the mucus membrane of the nasal vestibule(nostril opening). Sometimes the hair follicles of the vestibule are infected. This can be aggravated by frequent plucking or trimming of nose hairs and picking at the scabbed area. See MD for help. Usually responds to nasal antibiotic ointment and an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Lately I've had this Cluster of pimples in my nostril area. It's become crusty. Feels uncomfortable. Doesn't itch though. What is this?

Lately I've had this Cluster of pimples in my nostril area. It's become crusty. Feels uncomfortable. Doesn't itch though. What is this?

Rule out impetigo: Please visit a dermatologist for an exam. It sounds like you may or may not have impetigo. Gently wash the area with soap and water but avoid vigorous scrubbing. Good luck. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000860.htm ...Read more

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Will sailine rinses help get dry painful crusty boogers out of nostrils? The rinse seem to help but make the nose bleed more. Do ointments help?

Will sailine rinses help get dry painful crusty boogers out of nostrils? The rinse seem to help but make the nose bleed more. Do ointments help?

Nasal Irrigations: Nasal saline irrigations are excellent for chronic sinus symptoms. Antibiotic ointment available over the counter is useful for irritation within the nose. Increase the humidity within the home can help with dryness, if not possible, inhale steam. Absolutely avoid placing anything into the nose other than ointment just at the base. Do not shove tissue into the nose. ...Read more

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Could this be nasal cancer? Blister or crusty sores inside nostril every few weeks.

Could this be nasal cancer? Blister or crusty sores inside nostril every few weeks.

Auto-immune: An autoimmune disorder affecting the nasal mucos is more likely than cancer. You are urged to see your doctor to get an evaluation and forestall complications. ...Read more

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My 2 year old who has been getting sick since December & not getting better coughing and dripping nose. She’s been on 2 different antibiotics, ?

My 2 year old who has been getting sick since December & not getting better coughing and dripping nose. She’s been on 2 different antibiotics, ?

It happens: Sorting this out would require a thorough history and in person physical exam to start. Lab might be needed. The pattern is not that unusual but not specific to something we can sort out from the sidelines ...Read more

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Mastoid sinus. Antibiotics finished. But d and sentraline. Head still hurts. What is wrong with me?

Mastoid sinus. Antibiotics finished.  But d and sentraline.  Head still hurts.  What is wrong with me?

Diagnosis: Answers on HealthTap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis. This is not a problem that can be solved over the net. You need to be further evaluated by the doctor who treated you. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I have pneumonia finished antibiotics one week ago. Now i got a really bad head cold I have been at home not working should I seek help 2 weeks to app?

I have pneumonia finished antibiotics one week ago. Now i got a really bad head cold I have been at home not working should I seek help 2 weeks to app?

Cold symptoms: It looks like your immune system is not doing quite well. I am not sure what symptoms you refer to when stating "head cold". I suppose nasal congestion, drainage, headache, ear ache, sore throat. I suggest to either relay more history as to what symptoms you're having, request a private consult here or call md live (www.Mdlive.Com), where you can actually talk to a live physician on the phone. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with mastoid sinus 6 days ago.i have finished the antibiotics and am taking cocodomol 30/500gms and Sentraline . Head is still hurting?

I was diagnosed with mastoid sinus 6 days ago.i have finished the antibiotics and am taking cocodomol 30/500gms and Sentraline . Head is still hurting?

If not better...: One can see the doctor again. Not getting better after antibiotic treatment can mean the symptoms are not caused by bacteria, or that bacteria are still causing symptoms because and needs a different antibiotic (or a bigger dose) for a larger number of days, or some other reason. If not improved after additional treatment, an Ear-Nose-Throat specialist can evaluate. ...Read more

Nostril (Definition)

Also called naris, is one of the 2 ...Read more