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Side Effects Of Bactroban
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
My baby scratched me very hard down the side of my face. What do I do to ensure healing and prevent scarring? Can I use bactroban (mupirocin) ointment I have?
Simple treatment: If there is no evidence of infection then plain vaseline on the site to keep it moist will give you the best chance at healing with minimal scarring for most superficial injuries. Topical antibiotic ointments usually don't do much for you unless the wound was dirty (baby fingers can be dirty sometimes). If you are concerned then please see your doctor. ...Read more
I have a cyst on my mons pubis on the left side, no pain. I've put warm compresses on it and have been using mupirocin. It's still here and ugly!
Incision, drainage: It sounds like this won't go away unless and until it is surgically drained. It would be a very minor, quick procedure. See a doctor about it. ...Read more
I used a face wash with salicylic acid in it. It has now caused a blister on side of my nose. The swelling has gone down. Will bactroban (mupirocin) help?
Possibly: Whenever there is an opening in the skin, there is the likelihood of infection, which will delay healing. Bactroban (mupirocin) is an excellent topical antibiotic and should prevent secondary infection. If you have never used this cream before, I advise testing it elsewhere on your skin first to be sure you do not react to this as well. ...Read more
I ve slow bleeding in my nostril left side for many days, saline, bactroban, (mupirocin) doesnot help, pls can you suggest over counter remedies, anti septic spray?
Time for specialist: If you have been unable to stop a nose bleed after a few hours, you should be seen by either an emergency department physician or an ENT specialist. ...Read more
Doctor, I am beyond worried. My 3month old suddenly was oozing yellow sticky pus on one side of his head. The emergency room gave him mupirocin and cephalexin. Is this ok? I can't stop crying. Will my only breast fed baby be ok? Please respond. Please!
Abscess: I am assuming the oozing was from his scalp and not his ear right? So it sounds like your son developed an abscess and it ruptured. The antibiotic and the ointment you were prescribed are absolutely appropriate. I recommend close follow-up with the pediatrician to make sure that all is healing well. Keep the area clean, monitor for increasing redness or swelling. Complete all medicines exactly directed ...Read more
See below: Bacterial infection of the skin.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Sure: Make sure you have washed the cut well with brisk running cool water and clean with mild soap. Pat dry and apply the cream twice a day. Watch for excessive redness or pain over the next few days - if develops see your MD. Make sure your finger movement is ok. Cuts by very sharp items like knives and glass can sometimes be deeper than they look and can damage underlying tendons. ...Read more
No: Should cause no problem.Get a more detailed answer ›
Yes, safe: Safe to use, wouldn't use for too much longer though as it risks being ineffective. ...Read more
No it is pre-: Scription only and not the same as topical antibiotics ointment OTC ...Read more
Why??: Why are you putting an antibacterial cream on? If there is some sort of infection that is being treated, you will need to retract the foreskin - putting it on the outside will not do any good. If there is no infection, there is no reason for an antibiotic - you're just going to make him prone to a yeast rash. Good, careful cleaning is probably more important than any cream anyway... ...Read more
Can I shower, while using mupirocin ointment, do I cover the affected area or is okay to get it wet?
OINTMENTS as a "VEHICLE" (carrying agent" are more resistant to the effects of water they can be washed off. I would "time" your showers at the end of the suggested time for application of the ointment (eg three time /day at the end of an 8 hour period!
Just be safe....be well
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more