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Dr. Al Hegab
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Topical Antibiotic (Overview)

A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best coverage to prevent infection.


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What is the best topical antibiotics for acne?

What is the best topical antibiotics for acne?

Acne: Topical treatments available by prescription. If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. ...Read more

Dr. Al Hegab
26 Doctors shared insights

Topical Antibiotic (Overview)

A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best coverage to prevent infection.


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I had an infected pimple which turned into a boil. My doctor prescribed topical & oral antibiotic. My main issue is that my face is slowlyswelling up.?

I had an infected pimple which turned into a boil. My doctor prescribed topical & oral antibiotic. My main issue is that my face is slowlyswelling up.?

Skin infection.: If the boil is located on the trunk or lower extremities, then the most frequest cause of swelling would be allergy to the medication (s). If the boil is on the head or neck there could be a spread of the infection to the face. ...Read more

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Taking Antibiotics (Checklist)

Follow the directions on the label
Once
Take all doses as directed; don't stop when you feel better
Once
Do not take someone else's antibiotics
Once
Throw away any leftover antibiotics when you're done
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Can I use bacitracin topical antibiotic for a cut on my skin while taking accutane?

Can I use bacitracin topical antibiotic for a cut on my skin while taking accutane?

Yes: But Bacitracin has not been shown to be of any value on any kind of wound. In experimental studies, those using vaseline or aquaphor healed the same or better than Bacitracin when used on surgical wounds. Bacithacin is a common sensitizer. A few years ago it was named the allergen of the year. Same for neosporin and triple antibiotic. Wash the cut, then keep it lubricated. ...Read more

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I used topical antibiotics during my pregnancy, could my newborn have developed a tolerance to these antibiotics?

I used topical antibiotics during my pregnancy, could my newborn have developed a tolerance to these antibiotics?

No: It does not work that way. The organisms that develop a tolerance to antibiotics are the bacteria they are aimed at treating. Overuse of antibiotics has caused an emerging problem of resistant bacteria that are very difficult to treat. Only use antibiotics if you absolutely need them. Don't use antibiotics for things like the common cold and other viral infections. ...Read more

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Side effect of antibiotics?

Side effect of antibiotics?

Well, there is: Hey, any side effect, any antibiotic; you call the physician who prescribed it.
Well, it kinda goes with the territory. Not a problem.

Yes-tomorrow, tomorrow morning. Because! ...Read more

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What are the side effects of most antibiotics?

What are the side effects of most antibiotics?

See below: Over all, I would say the most common side effect of antibiotics include those related to the gastrointestinal issues such as stomach upset and diarrhea. Based on the type of antibiotics, the problems associated with antibiotics can include allergic reactions that would include skin rashes, headaches, oral thrush, interactions with other medications. This question would be easier with 1 antibiotic. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: topical antibiotic?

What is the definition or description of: topical antibiotic?

Topical antibiotic: A topical antibiotic is a gel or paste used to prevent infections on the skin. They are often applied to scrapes, cuts, and insect bites. Any mildly open area may be a site that may be treated with a topical antibiotic. Typically there are three or four antibiotics that are contained within the gel or paste to provide the best coverage to prevent infection. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put topical antibiotic on penis?

Is it ok to put topical antibiotic on penis?

Yes: Topical antibiotic is safe to use on external skin. The penis is external, as long as you do not let the topican enter the internal mucous membrane. ...Read more

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Does topical antibiotic cream help treat a mild pilodinal cyst?

Does topical antibiotic cream help treat a mild pilodinal cyst?

Shave instead!: Topicals have not shown definitive improvement, but shaving the hair in the area has! Keep the hair shaved to one inch away from the cyst, and some people find that no other treatment is needed. ...Read more

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How can I fasten mosquito bites to heal? I had them. Since 3 weeks and I put a topical antibiotic daily

How can I fasten mosquito bites to heal? I had them. Since 3 weeks and I put a topical antibiotic daily

Mosquito bites nasty: Do you mean bites still itch after 3weeks? That's a long time. Do you scratch them? That will prolong healing. Don't scratch and try something soothing such as calamine lotion at drug store. ...Read more

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Question benefit of using a topical antibiotic for acne?

Question benefit of using a topical antibiotic for acne?

Short term use OK.: Depending on the topical antibiotic, there can bee good effects on acne as one of the causatives for acne is p. Acnes bacteria species. Topical Clindamycin and Erythromycin alone do not retain their effect after about 3-4 mos but even benzoyl peroxide is consider an antibiotic and works well for long periods of time. Hence, pro-active is a hot selling item! ...Read more

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Can I use bacitracin topical antibiotic for a cut on my skin while taking accutane?

Yes: But Bacitracin has not been shown to be of any value on any kind of wound. In experimental studies, those using vaseline or aquaphor healed the same or better than Bacitracin when used on surgical wounds. Bacithacin is a common sensitizer. A few years ago it was named the allergen of the year. Same for neosporin and triple antibiotic. Wash the cut, then keep it lubricated. ...Read more

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What is a stronger topical antibiotic cream than those used in Neosporin for ulcerative wound care.

What is a stronger topical antibiotic cream than those used in Neosporin for ulcerative wound care.

Wrong question: NO antibiotic is useful for wound care. Neosporin is useless. Studies of surgical wounds comparing antibiotics to vaseline or Aquaphor showed no benefit from bacitracin or neosporin. Use of topical antibiotics caused allergic reactions, impaired wound healing, and promoted emergence of resistant bacteria such as MRSA. Care of a wound is determined by its location and size and cause. ...Read more

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Could possible topical antibiotic ointment cause swelling and redness and pain to penis tissue if applied for a cut on penis n?

Could possible topical antibiotic ointment cause swelling and redness and pain to penis tissue if applied for a cut on penis n?

Penile Abrasions: No. An ointment is not causing your abrasions. But, it may be killing off the good bacteria and allowing the bad bacteria to grow in its place. You have already been told that antibiotic ointment is not to be used. Why are you repeating your question here? That is rude. ...Read more

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Had bad acne onset at 17, got it under control after the pill, topical, antibiotic, but now its back again, as bad as before. What can I do?

Had bad acne onset at 17, got it under control after the pill, topical, antibiotic, but now its back again, as bad as before. What can I do?

Continue Rx: Acne is a serious, non-lifestyle-related, non-hygiene related chronic illness that eventually remits as you get older but that cannot be cured. Continue whatever treatment worked in the past, and don't stop or get discouraged. You may be a candidate for isotretinoin; spironolactone is a little-known option as well. ...Read more

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Wk ago. I developed allergic patches on face dt a topical antibiotic but now I still 've slight pinkish scaly patch. Can this patch leave any pigmen.?

Wk ago. I developed allergic patches on face dt a topical antibiotic but now I still 've slight pinkish scaly patch. Can this patch leave any pigmen.?

Allergy on face: They might. Allergy to topical antibiotics is common. The question is why you were using a topical antibiotic on your face in the first place? Yeast infections, allergic dermatitis (such as contact dermatitis), and acne can all cause pigment issues if not taken care of properly. I recommend seeing a dermatologist. ...Read more

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What is the best topical antibiotic for hormonal acne that isn't too harsh on the skin? I have very dry skin that tends to peel when I use topicals.

What is the best topical antibiotic for hormonal acne that isn't too harsh on the skin? I have very dry skin that tends to peel when I use topicals.

Using too much of it: If your skin is peeling and red and you are using it every day cut the usage to every second or every third day. Also, there are different vehicles that the active ingredients are in. The most potent are gels. Less so are creams. If you are on prescription drugs ask your doc to write for lower % and also for cream base. Remember, it will get better! ...Read more

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I ve allergic red patches on face dt. Topical antibiotic. Now iput OTC cortisone on them. Can they leave any marks or pigmented patches whenredness fade?

I ve allergic red patches on face dt. Topical antibiotic. Now iput OTC cortisone on them. Can they leave any marks or pigmented patches whenredness fade?

Unlikely: You may be description a condition known as rosacea. Unless you are scratching the scarred area, pigmented areas, unexpected in this condition, should fade with time after healing. ...Read more

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My toddler bit his brother in the hand breaking the skin, Does he need to see a doctor or can I treat with topical antibiotic cream?

My toddler bit his brother in the hand breaking the skin, Does he need to see a doctor or can I treat with topical antibiotic cream?

Go to Doctor: Human bites can be more dangerous than animal bites especially if they break the skin. There are germs in the the mouth that can cause infections that are hard to treat.
He may need antibiotics and a TDAP. Wash the wound with soap and water and cover with clean dressing. Go to Doctor. ...Read more

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I'm 20 I was prescribed accutane but my acne is mild/moderate, I previously tried doxycycline and a topical antibiotic IS there anything else I can try?

I'm 20 I was prescribed accutane but my acne is mild/moderate, I previously tried doxycycline and a topical antibiotic IS there anything else I can try?

Acne: If it is the deep hormonal type acne around the chin, mouth, nose, and middle forehead area- the only topical that I have seen work is a product from Europe called Juvases teens. It works by inhibiting the action of the hormone on the sebaceous gland so it never erupts in the first place. Also - an excellent gentle scrub is important as well. I like Mandelac acid scrub, professional strength. ...Read more

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Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin?

Which topical antibiotic is better for acne erythromycin or clindamycin?

Both can be: Effective. Each person has a different response to topical acne treatments. If one is tried and doesn't work well after a good trial period of time, it could be switched to the other. ...Read more

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My 5 yr old daughter has a painful small "crusted, pus looking" spot on her ear. One Dr said staph, one thinks it's an infected bug bite. Topical antibiotic was given. What else should we be looking for. We were also advised to keep her from swimming, wha

My 5 yr old daughter has a painful small "crusted, pus looking" spot on her ear. One Dr said staph, one thinks it's an infected bug bite. Topical antibiotic was given. What else should we be looking for. We were also advised to keep her from swimming, wha

INFECTION ON EAR?: THERE IS A CONDITION CALLED IMPETIGO.
IT IS A HIGHLY CONTAGIOUS SKIN INFECTION CAUSED BY STREP AND STAPH GERMS.
SURFACE MEDICATIONS OFTEN CLEAR THIS UP IN A FEW DAYS. SOME TIMES ORAL ANTIBIOTICS WILL BE NECESSARY IF THE CONDITION LINGERS OR SPREADS. ...Read more

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What is the best topical antibiotics for acne?

Acne: Topical treatments available by prescription. If your acne doesn't respond to otc treatments, consider seeing a doctor or dermatologist to get a stronger prescription lotion. Tretinoin (avita, retin-a, others), Adapalene (differin) and tazarotene (tazorac, avage) are examples of topical prescription products derived from vitamin a. ...Read more

Dr. John Leander Po
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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