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Taro Mupirocin Ointment 2
I pierced my bellybutton and it's starting to look a little irritated can I use mupirocin ointment 2% on it?
Yes: However, need to watch it closely and if redness extends despite topical antibiotic, would recommend eval by physician. Could be more severe infection in that case and there would be risk for sepsis, heart infection, etc. If fever, chills, gen aches, enlarged lymph nodes; then go to ED. Infected naval piercings can take up to a year to heal. Metal sensitivity also possible ...Read more
Should be ok: Topical use should be all right during the third trimester. But why are you using it? ...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
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
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
DM oozing wound: No you need to see a Dr to find out what is going on. ...Read more
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