Mupirocin 2%

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Can i use mupirocin-ointment to clear up a yeast infection?
    I have a yeast infection and at home I have some mupirocin-ointment 2% and I would like to no if I can use it to stop my yeast infection? And would it hurt me if I use it?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use, and it won’t do any harm, but it won’t help the infection either. Mupirocin is an antibiotic. If you have a yeast infection you need an anti-fungal.

  2. QUESTION:
    Can mupirocin (bactroban) be used for perioral dermatitis?
    Hi
    I got this rash around my mouth which looks like perioral dermatitis. Does anybody know if I can use Mupirocin ointment 2% on my face and how long should I use it.
    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,

      Be careful while applying of creams to cure perioral dermatitis rash. You have to get advice from doctor prior to it. For more information about perioral dermatitis treatment, I suugest you visit this website.

      http://perioraldermatitis.blogspot.com

      Thanks

  3. QUESTION:
    Can you use mupirocin ointment on a healing tattoo?
    I have a tube of mupirocin ointment prescribed for occasional acne-related skin lesions. Since it is an antiobiotic ointment, would it be appropriate to use it in tattoo aftercare?

    Thank you.
    Mupirocin is an antibiotic ointment just like bacitracin, which the tattoo artist has recommended in the past, so I was asking if it could be used instead.

    • ANSWER:
      I wouldn’t suggest it. Acne products are typically drying in nature, products like A&D ointment are healing in nature. I always use A&D for 3 days after the tattoo, and the switch to pink baby lotion for about 2 weeks. I have never needed a touch up on a single piece, and my colors are as fresh as they were when I got them done.

  4. QUESTION:
    Can Mupirocin be used for a yeast infection?
    When i was pregnant a few years ago I would get a small rash in the crease of my thigh and my privates that had and a odor and had moisture to it. I know that sounds really disgusting lol. My doc told me it was a yeast infection, I have the same symptoms and I have a tube of Mupirocin, can this be used for that? Thanks for any help, and anyone planning on leaving any rude answers or comments can move on to the next question. Thanks

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, Mupirocin can be used to treat a yeast infection. When I got a yeast infection last year my OBGYN prescribed Mupirocin Ointment 2%. You have to apply it like 3 times a day for 10 days. It will also help if you eat Yogurt that has active cultures in it, like Yo-plait.

  5. QUESTION:
    What do I do about the broken blister and crust on my ear?
    For the last couple of days, the bottom lobe of my left ear keeps leaking and forming a clear crust. Everytime I break the crust, it forms again. How do I get rid of it and does Mupirocin help? It’s been bothering me immensely so please help!

    • ANSWER:
      Could you be allergic to an earring? Try OTC hydrocortisone ointment 2 to 3 times a day.

  6. QUESTION:
    Can someone tell me what folliculitis is and how to cure it?
    My friend has it on her face. She’s had it for 2 months. How can she get rid of it and is it contagious? Last but not least, what in the world causes it? Her doctor told her to put medicine on it, but I think she should be doing more.

    • ANSWER:
      Causes
      Folliculitis starts when hair follicles are damaged by friction from clothing, blockage of the follicle, or shaving. In most cases of folliculitis, the damaged follicles are then infected with the bacteria Staphylococcus (staph).
      Barber's itch is a staph infection of the hair follicles in the bearded area of the face, usually the upper lip. Shaving aggravates the condition. Tinea barbae is similar to barber's itch, but the infection is caused by a fungus.

      Pseudofolliculitis barbae is a disorder occurring primarily in men of African extraction. If curly beard hairs are cut too short, they may curve back into the skin and cause inflammation.

      Symptoms
      rash (reddened skin area)
      pimples or pustules located around a hair follicle
      may crust over
      typically occur on neck axilla, or groin area
      may present as genital lesions
      itching skin
      Treatment

      1. Topical antiseptic treatment is adequate for most cases 2. Some patients may benefit from systemic flucloxacillin 3. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin ointment

  7. QUESTION:
    How do random nose bleeds occur?
    I have these nose bleeds occasionally and they always occur randomly, like I may have one every 2-3 months. I’ve been curious on how they happen. Because one time I just woke up, and got a nose bleed. Then I was just sitting at my computer, typing… nose bleed. Is there a reason behind this?

    • ANSWER:
      The most common causes of nosebleeds are dryness (often caused by indoor heat in the winter) and nose picking.

      A doctor may need to cauterize a blood vessel in your nose. You should seek treatment if a nose bleed lasts longer than 10 min.

      What kind of bleeding? From a cut or nose bleed apply pressure, Severe bleeding requires immediate medical treatment a tourniquet.

      One common treatment for recurrent nose bleeds is a nasal tampon coated in bacitracin (also called tracin, baciguent, or baciim) or mupirocin (also called bactroban).

  8. QUESTION:
    How long should the healing process of a partial toe nail removal surgery take?
    So over 3 months ago I had an ingrown toe nail (Right Big Toe) that I had to visit the hospital for. That doctor gave me antibiotics that I took for about two weeks. Shortly after my hospital visit I contacted my primary care doctor and he gave me a referral to a podiatrist. The podiatrist performed a partial removal of my toe nail and used a chemical to burn the cells that grow the toe nail to ensure the toe nail didn’t grow back. The entire procedure took about 20 minutes and after that he sent me home with an antibiotic called Cephalexin and an antibiotic cream called Silver Sulfadiazine Cream 1%.

    On October the 17th the doctor told me to stop wearing the cream/gause which didn’t turn out well. The very next day the toe was extremely painful, red, and draining. Because of that he told me to start using the cream again and to come see him as soon as possible. I saw him by the next day and he said that it looked fine but it was just healing slow. A few weeks ago he prescribed me Mupirocin and Amoxicillin but the area became significantly more painful when using the Mupirocin so I changed back to the Silver Sulfadiazine Cream. As of today it’s been almost 3 months since the procedure and I’ve had to visit the doctor every 2 weeks to check up and he keeps saying “It looks fine”.

    Now while I do agree it has been seeing some sleight improvement since the surgery happened it has seen nowhere near the progress I’ve had with other surgeries including the same procedure on the Other (Left) Big Toe. The only difference between the two surgeries is that they were done by different doctors and the one I had previously not only used a chemical burn but also a laser where this doctor just used a chemical.

    I’ve also been to the emergency room where the doctor there (painfully) tried to “pop” the area thinking it was a blister but it was just flesh. The ER doctor then told me it was just a normal reaction to the surgery and didn’t prescribe me any new medications. Now my insurance company has told me I need to visit the ER again but because the area has made almost no change (and if anything it’s improved) since the last time I went to the ER I feel like it will just be a waste of time.

    Also, I’ve had some interesting muscle spasms in the toes/foot that the surgery happened on and the pain has been spreading to the entire foot and up my leg. I’m not sure if this is related to the trauma and pain of the toe and the pain is just spreading (like when you have a sore throat and your ears hurt) or if there’s something else going on. I don’t have any markings on my skin that would indicate infection and I’ve been on more than enough antibiotics to ensure there’s hardly even good bacteria left in my body.

    Lastly, I’ve been trying to keep off my foot as much as I possibly can during this whole thing (which sucks extremely bad because I feel like I’m crippled) to make sure I keep the area as free of aggravation as possible. I’ve also been trying to keep my leg propped up as much as possible as the doctor suggested but sometimes it’s just extremely uncomfortable or even painful to do so.

    At this point I’m not really sure what to do. I’m not sure if 3 months is reasonable healing time for something like this (it’s not even close to being done healing so it’ll be at least 4-6 months before anything significant happens) or if I should start getting worried. I’m not sure if maybe I’ve caught some kind of super infection, could have some kind of parasite in the area (highly unlikely but possible), if I’m becoming diabetic (I recently had a diabetes test done less than 6 months ago) or what’s going on exactly.

    Any help, suggestions, or similar stories would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Three months is a long time to heal from such a minor surgery. Yes, you may have caught some antibiotic-resistant bug, or you may be diabetic–which slows healing. These kinds of surgeries usually heal within a couple weeks at the outside. The muscle cramps and spasms are probalby from the trauma and the inactivity. And you may have become resistant to the antibiotics yourself. Keep up with your treatment–and keep the area clean and free from other trauma or issues. That’s about all you can do at this point–hopefully they will find a treatment that finally works to clear this up for you.

  9. QUESTION:
    Can someone give me information about using mupirocin (Bactroban) ointment on burn wounds?
    I recently burned my leg and got prescribed this, but I’ve read on the Internet that you’re not supposed to apply ointment on burn wounds. I’m a little confused. Care to enlighten?

    Thanks for reading!

    • ANSWER:
      I don t know the answer to your question about that ointment but below is an email I received from a friend which describes how to treat burns and scalds.

      Keep in mind this treatment of burns is being included in teaching beginner fireman. First Aid consists of first spraying cold water on the affected area until the heat is reduced which stops the continued burning of all layers of the skin. Then, spread the egg whites onto the affected area.
      One woman burned a large part of her hand with boiling water. In spite of the pain, she ran cold faucet water on her hand, separated 2 egg whites from the yolks, beat them slightly and dipped her hand in the solution. The whites then dried and formed a protective layer.
      She later learned that the egg white is a natural collagen and continued during at least one hour to apply layer upon layer of beaten egg white. By afternoon she no longer felt any pain and the next day there was hardly a trace of the burn. 10 days later, no trace was left at all and her skin had regained its normal color. The burned area was totally regenerated thanks to the collagen in the egg whites, a placenta full of vitamins.

  10. QUESTION:
    What will Immune Health pills do to help my eczema?
    Since I was born I’ve had had food allergies and severe eczema. I’m really serious in looking for a way to make my skin actually look normal.

    • ANSWER:
      You MUST get back to basics: 4 minute showers – no steam NO SHIT!!! No face cloths, lufas, rags, netty-things, sponges, buff-puffs, etc. NONE for LIFE!!!! The look of disbelief I get in my practice when i tell these things is always entertaining…. Wash gently with HIBICLENS gentle hands ONLY!!!!. Use a combination of a corticosteroid CREAM or ointment like triamcinolone .1% and Mupirocin 2% Ointment (both Rxs) on the inflamed areas. Cut out any foods you KNOW to cause problems – in some it is wheat.. whey… milk… Avoid (that means NO!!!) lotions….. for now…

      Seal in the rest of the dry skin areas with small amounts of Aquafor while you are still damp after the shower. TRY TRY TRY to STOP rubbing , scratching.. picking!!!!!!!! Work at it!!! it IS work!!! Talk to yourself! The habits will eventually also be removed from your half-sleep.

  11. QUESTION:
    what happens when a 2nd degree burn turns white?
    i did pop the blister and have been putting mupirocin on it to prevent infection, but a small part of it has turned white.

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  12. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of the small spots on the back of my arms and legs?
    i have small spots on the back of my arms and legs and iamm wondering how i can get rid of them? i dont really want 2 be wearing my prom dress with spots on my arms! they dont itch or anything help pleasee!

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,
      Without examination,confirmation of a diagnosis is tough,but it sounds like folliculitis or boils.

      Pls keep the area clean and apply some topical antiseptics. Also wear loose-fitting cotton clothing and use an antibacterial soap or mild soap like dove.Avoid any kind of cosmetics. Topical antibiotics such as mupirocin or neomycin containing ointment are also useful.In case the symptoms persist then oral antibiotics may be needed.Pls consult a dermatologist in that case.

      Hope it helps.Take care and regards.

  13. QUESTION:
    Will nasal mupirocin effect my birth control?
    It’s a nasal antibiotic, I use it one before bed. Will it effect my birth control? I need to know for theupirocim specifically please! Please help and thank you!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi Sara.

      You didn’t mention what kind of birth control you are using. You can often check for medicines that may interfere with the efficacy of your birth control by looking through the information packet that comes with some types of birth control OR by visiting the website for the birth control. For the most direct answer, you can talk to your medical provider or pharmacist about the interactions of these two drugs.

      For the most part, rifampin is the main antibiotic known to interfere with birth control efficacy. Rifampin is used to treat tuberculosis. Mupirocin is used to treat skin infections and does not seem to be associated with affecting a birth control’s efficacy.

      For more information, here is a Q&A from Planned Parenthood about antibiotics and birth control: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-topics/ask-dr-cullins/dr-cullins-birth-control-5444.htm

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  14. QUESTION:
    How do I convince my parents?
    I want a nose piercing tomorrow and I want to tell my parents that but i’m afraid of their reaction. I don’t want them to think I’m crazy because to them its like out of the ordinary but to my skoolmates they’ll be like that is so her. How do I tell them through an easy way? How do I get on this subject?

    • ANSWER:
      Is body piercing dangerous?
      Sometimes bad infections, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis, can be spread by body piercing. Other problems may include bleeding, swelling, scarring, and reactions to the jewelry. Tooth chipping and gum damage can happen in people with tongue and lip piercings. Jewelry in the mouth or nose can be swallowed accidentally.

      How do I know if my piercing is infected?
      If your piercing is infected, the skin around the area may be red and swollen. It might hurt to touch your piercing, and there may be yellowish, bad-smelling fluid coming from the hole. If you have a fever or any of these symptoms, you should see your doctor.

      How are infections treated?
      Minor infections can be treated with over-the-counter medicines that you rub on your skin. If you have a bad infection, your doctor might give you a stronger medicine. Some people with very bad infections might need surgery.

      What increases my risk of problems from body piercing?
      Many things can affect your body’s ability to fight infection. Be sure to tell your piercer if you have diabetes, heart problems, or other medical conditions. If you take steroids or blood thinners, talk to your doctor before you get a piercing.
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      Potential Complications of Body Piercings

      Piercing
      site
      Potential
      complications
      Ear
      Allergic reaction, auricular perichondritis, embedded earrings, infection, keloid formation, perichondral abscess, traumatic tear
      Genitals (women)
      Allergic reaction, compromise of barrier
      contraceptives, infection, keloid formation
      Genitals
      (men)
      Frictional irritation, infection, paraphimosis, penile engorgement, priapism, recurrent condyloma, urethral rupture, urethral stricture, urinary flow interruption
      Mouth
      Airway compromise, altered eating habits, gingival trauma, hematoma formation, increased salivary flow, infection, injury to salivary glands, interference with radiographs, loss of taste, Ludwig’s angina, pain, permanent numbness, speech impediments, tooth fracture or chipping, uncontrolled drooling
      Navel
      Bacterial endocarditis,* frictional irritation, infection, jewelry migration and rejection
      Nipples
      Abscess formation, bacterial endocarditis,* breastfeeding impairment, infection
      Nose

      Infection, jewelry swallowing or aspiration, perichondritis and necrosis of nasal wall, septal hematoma formation
      *-In patients with moderate- to high-risk cardiac conditions.
      Information from references 1 through 14.

      Nose Piercing
      The nose can be pierced in the fleshy nares or through the cartilaginous septum. Septal piercings usually are performed in the inferior fleshy part of the septum and not through cartilaginous tissue. Piercing the cartilage can cause significant bleeding and lead to septal hematoma formation that often is accompanied by infection. Other potential complications that may result in cosmetic deformity include perichondritis and necrosis of the cartilaginous nasal wall. Infection requires aggressive treatment with antibiotics that have good coverage against Staphylococcus species that commonly colonize the nasal mucosa. Mupirocin is effective and offers excellent coverage against gram-positive cocci. Fluoroquinolones have the advantage of excellent skin penetration and added coverage against Pseudomonas species.

      TABLE 2
      Approximate Healing Times
      for Body Piercing Sites

      Site (piercing name)
      Time to heal
      Clitoris
      2 to 6 weeks
      Coronal ridge (dydoe)
      6 to 8 weeks
      Ear lobe and auricle
      6 to 8 weeks
      Eyebrow
      6 to 8 weeks
      Glans penis (ampallang)
      3 to 9 months
      Labia majora
      2 to 4 months
      Labia minora
      2 to 6 weeks
      Lip
      6 to 8 weeks
      Navel
      Up to 9 months
      Nipple
      2 to 4 months
      Scrotum (hafada)
      2 to 3 months
      Tongue
      3 to 6 weeks
      Urethral meatus
      (Prince Albert)
      2 to 4 weeks
      Information from references 8 and 9.
      Nasal jewelry has the potential to be aspirated or swallowed. Rings placed in the nostril or septum also can migrate forward or be pulled out. As with ear piercing, the studs or backings of the jewelry may become embedded and require surgical removal.31

      Systemic Infectious Complications
      The American Heart Association guidelines on endocarditis prophylaxis37 do not specifically address the need for antibiotics in persons contemplating ear or body piercings. One small study38 of children and adults with congenital heart disease found no cases of endocarditis after ear piercing, even though only 6 percent of patients received prophylactic antibiotic treatment. Recent reports13,14 of bacterial endocarditis after nipple and navel piercings in patients with surgically corrected congenital heart disease should prompt physicians to consider antibiotic prophylaxis in patients with moderate- or high-risk cardiac conditions.

      With any piercing, there is the danger of infection, including hepatitis B or C virus and tetanus.8 Body piercing as a possi

  15. QUESTION:
    Can neosporin help with MRSA infection?
    My 2 year old granddaughter has been diagnosed with CA-MRSA and is now on her fourth round of antibiotics on the sores which are largely in the diaper area.. Her parents have used some cream in her nose a couple of times and clean her with an antibiotic cleanser and then use the neosporin. Today, the pharmacist recommended just using polysporin and saving the neosporin for a larger infection. Any advice you can give us would be appreciated.

    • ANSWER:
      Neosporin and/or polysporin should technically NOT be used for MRSA. It does work in most cases, but MRSA has the capability to be resistant. I am really surprised the pharmacist did not let you know that!

      Some doctors are way too quick to prescribe mupirocin ointment (bactroban) which is way more expensive than polysporin. MRSA can be resistant to mupirocin, though, as well! And in some cases where mupirocin failed, polysporin did the job!

      My recommendation is to use the polysporin. It makes absolutely no sense to go with something more expensive that can just as likely fail.

      However, even despite adequate treatment, she could become recolonized. After her wounds are healed, you should have another culture of her nares done to see if she is a chronic carrier. Have you and her parents been tested for carrier status? Sadly, if you are a carrier, you could reinfect her and not even know it.

      Prevention for reinfection strategies include cleaning any fresh wounds thoroughly (which it sounds like her parents are doing already! YAY!), washing her with Hibiclens from neck down daily, and applying the polysporin to nares and affected areas. To reduce person-to-person spread, practice good hand hygiene, do not share ‘personal’ items such as razors, cosmetics, etc. Also be sure to wash towels and sheets frequently in HOT water.

      Good luck and take care!

  16. QUESTION:
    How can I heal my Impetigo?
    A few days ago i had dots around my face. I thought they were pimples, but its really “impetigo”. I have eczema & REALLY REALLY sensitive skin. My doctor prescribed “MUPIROCIN CALCIUM CREAM %2″ for me but it seems to make it worst. Please please please help :[

    • ANSWER:
      First, you want to keep it clean as this is very contagious and will spread to other parts of your body. If the antibiotic cream the doctor prescribed to you is not working, you need oral antibiotics. Call your doctor and ask them to call in a rx to your pharmacy. Try these home remedies also. I hope they work for you:

      Crush garlic and rub on your face.
      Benadryl helps with the itching.
      Proper diet, correct hygiene, and fresh air.

      Eating only fruits for 2 or 3 days usually helps. Drink lots of orange juice and water. Give yourself a 'sun & air' bath. Fresh air is good in the treatment of impetigo.

      Most important of all is to keep the area clean so you don't spread it. This is a strep bacterial infection and can easily spread if you touch your face and then other parts of your body.

      If the Bactroban is not working and your face is getting worse, your doctor can give you an antibiotic injection. This should clear it up quick. Good luck to you

  17. QUESTION:
    Can I use "mupirocin ointment usp 2%" on the itchy rash behind my knee?
    I use a knee band when I workout to help support my knee. That's where the rash comes from. The knee band is clean every time I use it.

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  18. QUESTION:
    What to do about my ear infection?
    I slept with earrings in overnight. ( like 10 hours I slept ) I got the earrings from American Eagle for like 13 dollars. I took them out after wearing them for basically a whole day, and one ear lobe was blue and bruised, with blood pro fusing from it. The other was just badly bruised and rotting. - that's what my sister said was happening. - we put isopropyl alcohol on it with a q tip. So, 2 questions. What do I do next? And how long before I can wear earrings again?

    • ANSWER:
      You can use soap and water on your earlobes. Dried discharge can be gently swabbed away with 3% Hydrogen Peroxide that you can purchase in any drug store. Then you can apply an antibiotic cream. My favorite is Bacitracin, but you can use Triple Antibiotic cream, too. A better choice is mupirocin, but that requires a prescription.

      Clean your earrings very, very thoroughly to remove any source of infection.

      But it is possible that yours is an irritation rather than an infection. The irritation is from contact dermatitis due to an allergic reaction to the metal in the earrings. Nickel is the commonest metallic offender. If so, you need gold earrings of at least 12 K. 14 K is better.

      In any case, don't re-insert the earrings until all the redness has subsided for several days.

  19. QUESTION:
    MRSA? If i work with antibiotoics everyday in a pharmaceutical Corp , could i be a potential a carrier of MRSA?
    Im going for an serious operation in 2 weeks........kinda wondering if im more at risk of potential infection

    • ANSWER:
      MRSA does not come from mucus. You can be colonized with MRSA, and it is unlikely that your work is predisposing you to having it. You are more likely to pick it up at the gym, at the pool, etc.

      If you are having a serious operation, I would highly recommend having a pre-op surveillance culture taken. If you are positive for MRSA, you can get 'decolonized'. It doesnt work perfectly, or forever, but it can greatly reduce the risks of getting a post-op infection or an SSI. The cultures should be taken from the nose, armpits, groin and rectum (yeah, not too fun, but worth it!). The decolonization regimen is 1-2 weeks (get this done now, or you should postpone the surgery), and usually consists of: nasal mupirocin (an antibiotic), chlorhexidine or bleach baths and oral antibiotics (usually doxycycline and rifampin).

      Good luck with your surgery.

  20. QUESTION:
    how to get rid of uneven/jagged skin?
    i've had a cystic acne spot which i've(guiltily) stabbed and popped the crap out of and eventually had an estitician drain for me and now the skin is wrinkly and a bit jagged, like whenever i put liquid foundation on it, the foundation settles between the lines and looks absolutely horribe, i have tried benzoyl peroxide 2.5% and 10%(which has burned my skin and now im not using it), salicylic acid, neosporin, vasiline, mupirocin 2.5%, aloe vera, a Murad skin product. I went to the doctor and although, not a dermatologist, she perscribed cetaphil moisturizing lotion and desonide 0.05% which i've just started using today, the doctor said it should take 2-3 days. I'm getting extremely desperate and extremely depressed about this spot on my face, what else can i do?? i've tried to peel the skin off with tweezers to get it to be smooth but i cant get it to be smooth. I have been hiding out at home and havent been going out because of this, and i've been thinking about ordering Biafine Emulsion, as i've heard it works wonders but i really want this to be gone soon, its 29 days today that this spot has been on my face.

    sorry for the essay but please help me:(

    • ANSWER:
      Dermasil. It works wonders.

  21. QUESTION:
    Which of the following inhibitors of protein synthesis is used to treat viral infections?
    A.streptogramin
    b.mupirocin
    c.gentamicin
    d.fomiversen
    e.chloramphenical

    • ANSWER:
      IFomivirsen (brand name Vitravene) is an antiviral drug. It is used in the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis (CMV) in immunocompromised patients, including those with AIDS. It was licenced by the FDA for CMV in Aug 1998.t is an oligonucleotide[1] that blocks translation of viral mRNA by binding to the complementary sequence of the mRNA transcribed from the coding segment of a key CMV gene. It was the first antisense antiviral approved by the FDA.[2]
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  22. QUESTION:
    Can I use neosporin or Mupirocin ointment 2% on my 3yr old cats face?
    Her & her big bro. play 2 rough at times, she has a scratch under her chin with a scab on it now… Its tender 2the touch but she’s not 2put out of place by it.. She still plays & eats ok thank GOD… PLEASE PLEASE HELP THANK U VERY MUCH:)!!

    • ANSWER:
      I would say no. She will end up licking it off and that means ingesting it. I don’t think it would be good to eat this stuff. Just keep the area clean with warm water. You could also dab a bit of witch hazel on it.

  23. QUESTION:
    Can you use Mupirocin ointment 2% for burns?
    I got my eyebrows waxed while on acne meds and it ripped a layer off. This has happened to me in the past and the dermatologist gave me something to heal fast was it the mupirocin ointment? I also would also love to hear of any other recommendations of what I can do to fix this

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  24. QUESTION:
    How do I cure dry/dead skin?
    I have tried so many exfoliators, moisturizers, scrubs, at this point the only thing I can find that works is rubbing my face with a bath scrubber, which is very bad for the skin which is why I’ve come for help.

    This problem is so bothersome that I’m about to cry. I’m sick and tired of spending so much money on products that don’t even work.

    Please help me. :(

    • ANSWER:
      hi sara im being dead serious last month i had dead skin on my face, and i went to the doctor, and he game me cream called mupirocin ointment usp, 2% i dont know what any of those words mean, but it cleared my skin in a week, i still have half a tube left. hope this helps

  25. QUESTION:
    what is the best way to cure a girl affected with mrsa?
    she has a boil in her both hands and she’s only 3 years old.

    lolo

    • ANSWER:
      Poor girl. My kid gets them too and she’s 2. Well, the first step is to take her to the doctor and get them cultured to make sure they’re MRSA. Have them give you mupirocin cream to swab in her nose. Many doctors skip this step, but the nose is a big source of bacteria and it can hide there and reinfect her. They will probably give her some oral antibiotics too. Also, you will need to do the MRSA precautions like bleaching her sheets and washing down common areas in the house with disinfectant (make sure you wash the keyboard! Lots of bacteria hides there). You will want to do bleach baths with her as well. I swear I’m not making this one up! You run the tub like you normally would and put in 1/2 cup of bleach. Obviously you’ll need to supervise this bath well so she doesn’t get it in her eyes or swallow any, but scrub her skin well with the bleach water. It also may be wise for the rest of the family to do the precautions as well. If one family member has mrsa, the rest of the family probably has it in their normal flora even if they don’t have boils. This will kill most of the bacteria

      Also, with mrsa being as prevalent as it is, it’s unlikely that she will stay mrsa free forever. Every time you touch a doorknob you’re exposed to bacteria. The best thing you can do for her health is to make sure she maintains her immune system. Eating a healthy diet that includes lots of fruits and vegetables and little processed foods will go a long way in ensuring that she fights the bacteria that she is exposed to. :-)

  26. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know anything about internal MRSA?
    I just found out today that I have a really bad Urinary Tract infection and that I have MRSA in my urine. Does anyone know if this is contagious if it is internal and not from an open wound.

    • ANSWER:
      Having had MRSA infections myself, they are HIGHLY contagious. Simply, if it is in your urine it is throughout your system. Wash your hands frequently, and also use hand sanitizer a LOT. Wash your clothes separately from everyone else’s, and your dishes. Most MRSA infections remain confined to the skin, so once it affects your organs you need to be extra diligent in taking the meds you’ve been prescribed. Educate yourself about MRSA, as once you have one you will always be prone to them, and any time you see a new doctor you will need to alert them to the fact that you have had MRSA so they can put it in your medical records. This will help them to treat you adequately when the need arises.

      (The info in the next 2 paragraphs is from the 1st site I’ve linked below.) To avoid getting MRSA again you will need to not make direct contact with skin, clothing, and any items that come in contact with either MRSA patients or MRSA carriers (which you now are) ~ these are the best ways to avoid MRSA infection. What you can do is to treat and cover (for example, antiseptic cream and a Band-Aid) any skin breaks and use excellent hygiene practices (for example, hand washing with soap after personal contact or bathroom use, washing clothes potentially in contact with MRSA patients or carriers, using disposable items when treating MRSA yourself).

      Also available at most stores are antiseptic solutions and wipes to both clean hands and surfaces that may contact MRSA. Pregnant individuals need to consult with their doctors if they are infected or are carriers of MRSA. Although MRSA is not transmitted to infants by breastfeeding, there are a few reports that infants can be infected by their mothers who have MRSA, but this seems to be an infrequent situation. Some pregnant MRSA carriers have been successfully treated with the antibiotic mupirocin cream.

      There are several areas of info in the pages I’ve linked, try to read them all so you know what’s going on. Also, just so you know, MRSA has absolutely nothing to do with cleanliness, everyone has staph germs (the ones that cause MRSA) on their skin naturally, some of us get infected and some don’t. My son-in-law, daughter, two of my grandchildren, their paternal grandma, me, my sister, nephew, brother, and brother-in-law have all had them, only two of us have required hospitalization, and ALL of us have recovered.

      Take good care of yourself, and God bless

  27. QUESTION:
    my dog has scabies how long will it take untill it clears?
    i got a new puppy 2 weeks ago and we took her to the vets and she got treated for scabies but we have to keep her isolated and she keeps crying and all i wanna do is pick her up but we cant untill she’s clear does anyone know how long it will take untill the scabies goes ?????

    • ANSWER:
      Hi,
      I looked it up and found this:

      Is scabies contagious from a dog to a human? | Bactroban Mupirocin …

      7 Apr 2011 … When dogs have scabies and are treated, does the hair that was lost … how long does a mrsa infection take to clear, bactroban ointment …
      bactrobanmupirocinointment.com/is-scabies-contagious-from-a-dog-to-a-human/ – Cached

      Hope it’s helpful to you.
      Good luck.

  28. QUESTION:
    Whats best for a coldsore?
    Is Mupirocin 2% good for coldsores, and will heal them?

    • ANSWER:

  29. QUESTION:
    Can i use MUPIROCIN OINTMENT USP, 2% on a burned area ?
    About 3 days ago i was doing my hair with a curly iron.By mistake it touched my face and it burned me badly, now i had a big and thick line on the side of my face . can i use MUPIROCIN OINTMENT USP, 2% on it ? Is already dry all i have left is the brown burned skin. but still burns .

    • ANSWER:
      yes, it is fine as the burn is healing now. keep it moist with mupirocin as to reduce scarring. you will have a scar but hopefully will be reduced if you keep the area moist.

  30. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever heard of perianal strep?
    This nasty thing has been going around with my children for the past 3 months. My six year old has had it 6 times, my one year old 3 times and my 5 and 8 year old have had it once. They have each been put on antibiotics after diagnosis, however, it keeps coming back with my 6 and 1 year old. The Dr keeps trying stonger and stronger meds and after a week or so, it is back. I am starting to tear my hair out!!!!

    • ANSWER:
      This is an infection of the skin around the anus in children and others in the family can also become infected and this can spread to other parts of a body as well.Its a streptococcus bacteria. A relapse is common in up to at least 40% of cases.And more than likely you will have to repeat the treatments already given to the children.May have used amoxicillin 40 mg or some mupirocin 2% or Penicillin, clindamycin phosphate or erythromycin.Did the kids have strep throat first? If so this is normal from this infection.Maybe your entire family needs to be treated if not already.All at same time for some one could be a carrier of this and no one knows this and this could be why the kids don’t recover completely.Try Hibicleanse soap for adults and PhisoHex for the kids clean all items in the home either with bleach or lysol whipes the bath room alot toss tooth brushes out and replace with new and in a seprate case for all new ones clean toliet after each use either with bleach or lysol As long as some one is infected and still not over this infection you will fight this till every one is clean of the infection.

  31. QUESTION:
    What is BACTRONBAN CREAM used for?
    What kind of infections is BACTRONBAN CREAM Mupirocin Calcium cream 2% used for? I know it is for skin infections/leasions, but what specific kinds??

    • ANSWER:
      It is used for staph – skin infection. You can also use it to treat poison ivy. But I would not recommend it because it is a very strong antibiotic; you should not use antibiotics unless you have an infection. :)

  32. QUESTION:
    BACTROBAN ointment contains 2% mupirocin. How many gram of polyethelene glycole ointment base must be mixed wi?
    BACTROBAN ointment contains 2% mupirocin. How many gram of polyethelene glycole ointment base must be mixed with the contents of 22g tube of Bactroban oinment to prepare an oinment having concentraion of 5mg/g??

    Plz help…n thank u…..

    • ANSWER:
      22 g * 0.02 = 0.44 g

      Let x = number of grams of base

      After the mixing, we’ll still have 0.44 g of ‘stuff’,
      we’ll have (22 + x) g of the mix,
      and we want the concentration to be 5 / 1000 = 1/200.

      0.44 / (x + 22) = 1/200

      44/100 = (x + 22) / 200
      44 = (x + 22) / 2
      88 = x + 22
      x = 66

      Total of 88 g of mixture
      0.44 / 88 = 44 / 8800
      = 1/200 = 5/1000

  33. QUESTION:
    Can i use this? question about mupirocin ointment?
    My husband has a small reddish little raised rash on his arm. About the size of a quarter. It isnt irritaing him. But i am just a worry wart. My mom recomended mupirocin ointment usp 2 . Would that clear it up?

    • ANSWER:
      Not necessarily. It depends on the cause, or source of the rash.

  34. QUESTION:
    Why would 3 pharmacies not sell me an OTC antibiotic cream?
    I live in Ontario, Canada. I recently was burned badly, and looked on the Health Canada website to see if there was a better antibiotic cream/ointment available than the regular “polysporin” or “triple antibiotic ointment”. I found that a drug called “Bactroban” (Mupirocin) was listed by Health Canada to be available over the counter.

    I went to the 1′st pharmacy, and I brought a print out of the Health Canada website showing it’s status as OTC because I had a feeling they would try to tell me it was not. So, of course all of the pharmacist at shoppers drug mart said it was not over the counter and they would not sell it unless I had a prescription. I told them that they were mistaken, but they would not listen.

    So I went to a 2nd pharmacy and got the same b.s from the pharmacists. They would not listen, I had the proof in front of me, and the link to the website so they could check it for themselves. No one listened.

    3rd pharmacy….Same….finally I got kind of upset because they were not getting it. It was like talking to a brick wall. Finally I told the pharmacist lady to phone her boss, and she did, and of course after a few minutes he confirmed I was right and they sold me the cream.

    Why is it that it took 3 pharmacies and a call to the owner of the 3rd pharmacy to get them to listen? Health Canada’s rules and facts, are stronger and more important than a pharmacists beliefs. Health Canada is the government agency which decides if a drug should be sold over the counter or only by prescription. It’s not the pharmacist’s job or right to choose whether a drug should be sold over the counter or by prescription etc. Health Canada makes that choice, and the pharmacist is bound to follow it.

    I do respect pharmacists and have nothing against them. Generally I admire the work they do but I don’t understand why they were so certain I needed a prescription when it wasn’t necessary..
    Okay both your answers make sense. Sure the database does change from time to time. Perhaps the medication was changing statuses regularly, who knows. I get that. my point is they should have either known of the change, or checked the database. Basically it comes down to them being unaware of changes, and being too lazy to help. Why would I go to a doctor and waste taxpayer money and my own time if I knew that an antibiotic cream was OTC and suitable for my injury? Good luck with your EMT training. It is a job that is very satisfying and extremely interesting. Perhaps you’ll move on to become a physician later on in life.
    The Health Canada print out was current, and the same day I was going to the pharmacies to get the OTC cream which they wouldn’t sell. My information was 3 hours old, so unless Health Canada had changed their mind in 3 hours, it was still OTC. they were just too lazy to look on the government website quickly to find out. They have a god complex and think they know everything. They forget the people they are dispensing medication to may know the same or more information than they do.
    HERE’S THE LINK TO THE DATABASE I GOT THE INFO FROM TO PROVE THE DRUG I WANTED FROM PHARMACISTS WAS OTC!!! It Simply copy and paste the link into the address bar at the top of your internet browser and hit enter, then follow the steps below. It’s easy.

    http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodpharma/databasdon/index-eng.php

    Click on the purple box that says: “ACESS the DRUG PRODUCT DATABASE”. Once you are in. Scroll down to where it says SEARCH CRITERIA.

    Now in the blank spot next to “ACTIVE INGREDIENT(S)” type: MUPIROCIN

    Then at the bottom of the page click on the SEARCH button, and if you did it right, 3 results will come up. The 1′st is Bactroban (a brand name ointment made by GSK) the 2nd is Bactroban Cream (a brand name cream made by GSK ) the 3rd is Taro-Mupirocin (an ointment made by generic drug company Taro Pharmaceuticalst) All 3 contain Mupirocin 2% and are OTC drugs.

    It’s clear as day, how could a supposedly trained pharma

    • ANSWER:

  35. QUESTION:
    Do you know of an over the counter cure for folliculitis?
    Folliculitis is a painful skin condition resulting in pimple-like sores between legs and under arms.

    • ANSWER:
      Mild cases of folliculitis sometimes heal on their own. However, folliculitis may return or get worse. If your folliculitis spreads or returns, see your doctor for proper treatment.

      If your infection is caused by bacteria and it is:

      * Mild, you can try an antibiotic ointment or cream such as bacitracin, polymyxin B sulfate (Polysporin), clindamycin, erythromycin, or mupirocin (Bactroban). You may also use an antiseptic cleanser, such as povidone-iodine (for example, Betadine) or chlorhexidine.
      * Deeper or more severe, you will need to take antibiotic pills. Your doctor may prescribe dicloxacillin, erythromycin, or cephalexin (such as Keflex). Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) and ofloxacin (such as Floxin) are used for certain types of bacteria.

      If your infection is caused by a fungus:

      * You will need to take antifungal pills, such as fluconazole (Diflucan), griseofulvin (Fulvicin-U/F or Gris-PEG, for example), itraconazole (Sporanox), or terbinafine (Lamisil).
      * Your doctor may give you a corticosteroid to reduce inflammation.

      If folliculitis occurs on your scalp or beard area, you can use a shampoo containing selenium sulfide 2.5%, selenium 1%, or 50% propylene glycol.

      For stubborn or recurrent cases of folliculitis, laser treatment may be an option. Laser treatment destroys the hair follicle and reduces the scarring that results from folliculitis. However, hair will no longer grow in the treated area. Laser treatment is expensive.

  36. QUESTION:
    Can mupirocin usp 2% be used for fever blisters?

    • ANSWER:

  37. QUESTION:
    I am recovering from a bad case of cellulitis caused by a staph aureus strain. Anybody had a similar exprience
    I want to make sure it doesn’t reoccur. any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Staph and strep are the two commonist causes of cellulitis. To prevent staph from coming back:

      1. Make sure your treatment is complete- don’t stop antibiotics early.

      2. Consider where you got it from- do you have a hand dermatitis or other portal of broken skin that will allow bacteria to enter again? If so, fix that problem.

      3. Do you have poor immunity against staph? If you have had staph infections commonly, you may a problem with killing of staph germs- ask you doctor about chronic granulomatous disease.

      4. Are you around a lot of staph? If you work in a hospital, care for chronicallly ill persons that may be a source of recurrent infection.

      4. Knock out staph carriage in yourself and those you are close to- a common place to carry staph is in your nose or in folliculitis of the scalp or neck- get mupirocin ointment to use on those areas is you are suspected of staph carriage. Mupirocin in the nose one a month is a good idea to prevent carriage.

  38. QUESTION:
    What is mupirocin oinment usp, 2% used for?

    • ANSWER:
      It’s for skin infections, especially impetigo. It does not cure Herpes. Impetigo is not a Sexually Transmitted Disease.

      Impetigo occurs often in children.

      http://www.medicinenet.com/mupirocin-topical_ointment/article.htm

      http://www.reference.com/motif/health/mupirocin-ointment-usp-2

  39. QUESTION:
    Is there anything to cure a staph infection? I have been to two antibiotics and now an ointment.?
    The onintment is called Mupirocin …. and to my mom and me it doesn’t seem to be clearing up as we hoped . This is the
    2nd time I have had this infection . The doctor told me I was a carrier of it… I was wondering too is there another option like surgery to get the bacteria out?

    • ANSWER:
      I would certainly recommend getting a swab from the site of the infection. This swab, when worked up in the lab, will tell the doctor what types of antibiotics the staph is sensitive to, and resistant to. This is important because the infection will not heal if you are being treated with an antibiotic the staph is resistant to.

      Another individual mentioned testing for MRSA. When you get swabbed, the specimen might return as MRSA POS. Interestingly, Mupirocin is the topical ointment used to treat people with MRSA; Bactroban/bacitracin is also used. If it is MRSA, it is not enough to treat it topically. There also needs to be oral treatment (2 oral antibiotics and the topical for 2 weeks, consecutively and concurrently). Then, you would need weekly swabbing to test for resolution. The number of weekly swabs may be different depending on where you live- usually between 3 to 5 weeks of negative tests are required before you are considered negative.

      If you are a carrier (colonized) of staph, the chance of reinfection is higher (especially since this is the second time you’ve had this). Surgery will not remove this. Truthfully, there is not much option. You have to try and keep as healthy as possible (good immune system), and want to take good care of your skin. This doesn’t just mean keeping clean; it also means using lotion, preventing drying and cracking, and the such.

  40. QUESTION:
    Can you use 2% Mupirocin ointment to help treat an abscess?

    • ANSWER:
      No.
      An abscess usually requires surgical incision and drainage and intravenous or oral antibiotics depending on the location and severity.

  41. QUESTION:
    Is this scar going to be Permanent? on my face Help!!!!!! 10 Point question Really! Dermatologist?
    Also: I am seeing a dermatologist in a few days and wondering what is likely going to be done?

    Main question: is it a Hypertrophic Scars?

    I have been picking on it to get rid of the collagen buildup,
    I have antibiotic (mupirocin 2%), does it look infected?

    Small image:

    http://i.imagehost.org/0451/scarz.gif

    Large image:

    http://h.imagehost.org/view/0050/big-scarz

    Tired everything mederma scarzone , now my doctor put me on
    Triamcinolone Acetonide (Collagen-break down)

    I have been stressing out for nearly a month and all i do is look at the mirror its irritating me.

    I have been doing a lot of research and there isn’t a single piece of article I haven’t read on the internet. so please don’t just copy and paste.

    Thank You very much

    • ANSWER:
      If you’ve read every article on the internet, you’re likely going to know more than anyone here so I’d wait for the Derm. You’re obviously really stressed about this so you should call her/him up and beg to be seen asap rather than waiting a few days. Nothing I tell you can possible be as valuable as what a Dermatologist tells you. I can only give you what I think based on my own experience.

      You’ve had this on your face for a month you say? Scars that have been around that long usually are permanent BUT if you continue treatment they usually continue to fade to be much lighter and less noticeable. I had 3 cuts that after healing I could still see the scar after a month and they all became permanent, BUT because I continued with scar treatment & sunscreen 2 out of the 3 scars are so faint no one even notices them unless I literally point to the scars and make them stare for a couple of seconds. 1 of the scars are so faint even I have trouble seeing it & have to hunt for it myself in order to find it.

      The most important thing when dealing with a scar is SUN COVER. UVA & UVB rays will make a noticeable scar PERMANENTLY noticeable. Any cut that gets a lot of sun is much more likely to leave a scar too. Since the scar is on your face- an area that gets a lot of sun, you either need to put a thick bandaid on there to keep the sun out or you have to get the highest SPF you can find & reapply it every 2-3 hours. Maderma has a cream with SPF 30 in it that you could use that is meant to treat scars on areas that tend to be exposed to sunlight, but I think it’s better to get an even higher SPF- especially if you live in a sunny area like Florida. You wait for whatever medicine you’re using to absorb and then put the sunscreen over it. Ideally you have already been doing this for the past month or so. If not start immediately. Wear it all the time- even when it’s cloudy outside & you don’t think there’s much sun. If you live in a tropical area use sunscreen AND a hat. (or just a thick bandaid) You should keep the area sheilded from the sun for several months.

  42. QUESTION:
    what do you know about a cure to MRSA? ive been hospitalized and still not getting better. please help?
    ive been hospitalized and my syptoms are right back. my hair leaks and gets wet and has a foul odor to it so i have to was it 2x a day, under my armpits and under my breast and in my groin area gets really wet and has a ordor to it and my skin cracks in those places. they put me on antibiotic called zyvox and it worked for a while and now its back again. i have had topical creams and nothing seems to work. if someone knows anything about this please help me i am desperate to find answers i have been going through this fo almost a year please help me.
    i have been on vanco also.
    and another factor is that i have a bad case of psorasis.

    • ANSWER:
      I can so very relate to you. I had this same infection last summer. Awful!! There is a stong breakout of MRSA in the state which I live. You have to be dilligent in your care. Clean out the absesses as aften as you can. Soak the infected areas in warm water with epsom salt many times throughout the day. Change the dressings on the absesses as often as possible. A combination of BACTRIM and the TUBERCULOSIS drug RIFAMPIN were what worked for me. Also, My husband was ill at the same time I was- we didn’t know it was related until he went to see a doctor. The doctor had only prescibed bactrim…and then cipro when he didn’t get better. He was in such agony. It was all in his hair, on his neck, eyelids, face, and arms. I went back with him to the doctor and told him what had worked for me. He was shocked to see how the infection had progressed. He then prescribed Rifampin, daily washes in prescription PhisoHex (2x daily 1st week, then everyother day for the next 2-3 weeks, and the prescription ointment MUPIROCIN. The ointment had to be swabbed into his nostrils 2x a day for 5 days, and then twice a week for the next three weeks. Your nostrils are a haven for this bacteria. When doing all of the above– I only hope that it will work for you. I would never wish this on anyone!! Be aware, once you have had MRSA you have a high risk of getting it again. Watch all signs and hopefully you will catch it before it can progress. Also, you have got to wash and disinfect everything. Wash all towels with hot water–we even added pine sol or other disinfectants to our wash when all of this was going on. Wipe all door knobs, keyboards, tv remotes…just anything you might have touched with a disinfectant. We were successful in keeping our children from being infected while we were both sick at the same time with this awful germ!!! PS– your skin is what protects you from getting this in your system. Don’t pick on any sores, pimples, anything!!
      If you get a cut-wash it out with alcohol as deep as you can immediately!!! I had a simple ingrown hair-picked at it-and then the nightmare began. Also, my husband brought the germs home from his barber. Make sure that whoever trims your hair uses fresh and disinfected tools!!! I have now taken over cutting my husbands hair with his own personal hair clippers. There’s no fear then of getting infected from someone else. He’s the only one that uses the trimmers.This is a good idea- if you can do it.

  43. QUESTION:
    Trichotillomania and ingrown hairs?
    I have trichotillomania and I chose a new rather unfortunate spot to pull: The pubic area. with tweezers. now its full of cuts and many many MANY ingrown hairs and lots of irritation and dry skin. some of these hairs are really REALLY ingrown and are hard to see. Anybody had this happen? anybody know what to do?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I’ve had even worse happen to me. Once, my labia got sore and swollen; that time, all I needed was antibiotics and hydrocodone for the pain. Twice after that, I got a Bartholin cyst, which can be life-threatening if left untreated, since it can lead to blood poisoning. Those times resulted in extremely painful surgery, as well as antibiotics and painkillers which barely worked, and sitz baths 3 times a day for several days.

      On my 3rd visit to the doctor, I told her why I kept having this problem She said I should take an anti-anxiety medication, and said from now on, whenever I pulled excessively in that area, I should use the prescription ointment Mupirocin 2%. I saved it, and have been using it off and on ever since, and I haven’t had anymore flare-ups in 2 years.

      Sorry for the bad news, but I had to put it to you straight. PLEASE do what you can to overcome this disorder!

  44. QUESTION:
    I need some opinions about my baby, and what I should do?
    Sorry, this will be long.

    However, my daughter is almost 10 months old. For the past 4-5 months she has consistently had irritated nipples. It would peel, bleed, and pus or ooze some type of liquid. She is constantly itching at them. My pediatrician has prescribed a steroid to help eczema, an anti-fungal to help a fungus, and lastly now she is using Mupirocin 2% which is to help a staph infection or MRSA. This is the 6th day on the Mupirocin, and her right nipple looks worse than what it did when I first started using it. It’s hard, peeling, and really white. I am so frustrated with her current pediatrician because every time I see him it seems like he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. (Ex: she was pooping every 3-4 days when she was about 5 months old and would strain/cry so he suggestion to give her Soy formula. That made her extremely constipated, hard/bloody stool. At her 6 month visit, we went in for her shots, and he didn’t tell me he saw fluid in her ears. That night, she had a fever of 104.5 and had to go to the ER. Turns out she had a severe dual-ear infection. And last time, he said after the anti-fungal he would refer me to a dermatologist if the cream didn’t work. So now she is on the Mupriocin, when he mentioned MRSA. Obviously, that worried me, so I called the next day to request a culture and suddenly he thinks it isn’t MRSA.) I am at my wits-end and I really want to know what is going on with her, and want a resolution. I am hesitant in going back to her pediatrician, for obvious reasons, do you think I should go to the ER? Would they do a culture for her? I have insurance that she is covered under, so I’m not really worried about that. What would you do if you were in this situation?
    K- I tired to breast-feed, had consultations with lactation nurses and my daughter still wouldn’t latch. Tried every position, and still had no luck. I pumped every two hours for 30 minutes on each side and my milk still dried up. She will be weaned in two months, and I do not feel comfortable using someone else’s breast milk. I don’t really care what you say, this doctor isn’t the brightest crayon in the box.

    • ANSWER:
      Sounds like an abcess on her nipple OR an allergic reaction to something.

      If you are unhappy with her pediatrician, seek a new doctor. I prefer clinics as opposed to single doctors. They will help you and if they cannot they will refer you to one that will.

      I don’t think you should take her to the ER, but yes they would do a coulture.

      If I was in your shoes, I would take her to a clinic. If you are not happy at any time they will get another doctor, also if they are unsure. It is like having a second opinion without having to leave the building.

      PS… I formula feed my child and have in the past as well. There is nothing wrong with not breastfeeding. For those that cannot understand that and are quick to pass judgement upon me, so be it, for God is my only judger that I care about.

  45. QUESTION:
    aputated leg slow healing?
    my 77 year old wife has multiple myeloma cancer and has lost her left leg to diabetes.its been 2 months since her operation and wehave a couple of shallow sores that just wont heal.we are using mupirocin 2% on the sores.i cant understand why they just wont go away.i was a medic in the army ve treated many kinds of wounds but this really has me stumped.a plastic surgeon took her leg,and im not even sure if this guy even knows himself.is there anything that i could use to try and heal her leg.she will be going to theraphy soon to train her for her new leg.anything anyone can help me would be a great big help.thanks very much. leo kling jr. lklingjr@eatel.net phone #225-644-0206.

    • ANSWER:

  46. QUESTION:
    Is this scar going to be Permanent? on my face Help!!!!!! 10 Point question Really! Dermatologist?
    Also: I am seeing a dermatologist in a few days and wondering what is likely going to be done?

    Main question: is it a Hypertrophic Scars?

    I have been picking on it to get rid of the collagen buildup,
    I have antibiotic (mupirocin 2%), does it look infected?

    Small image:

    http://i.imagehost.org/0451/scarz.gif

    Large image:

    http://h.imagehost.org/view/0050/big-scarz

    Tired everything mederma scarzone , now my doctor put me on
    Triamcinolone Acetonide (Collagen-break down)

    I have been stressing out for nearly a month and all i do is look at the mirror its irritating me.

    I have been doing a lot of research and there isn’t a single piece of article I haven’t read on the internet. so please don’t just copy and paste.

    Thank You very much

    • ANSWER:
      This probably doesn’t sound helpful, but my advice would be to stop stressing and just wait until you see your dermatologist. I doubt anyone on here is going to be able to help you, especially after you’ve done all that research. You’ll be seeing a professional in a few days, so just hang in there :/

  47. QUESTION:
    Impetigo on buttocks and anus? Please help!?
    Hello. This is my third breakout of what the doctor class impetigo in the past year. For me, it happens about every 4-5 months. The area I have it is right at the top of my butt crack and then two spots on my butt cheek. I never knew what it was until the dr. prescribed mupirocin 2% and i read the information (its a cream). Anyway, after reading about it I’m scared that i’m going to get a staph infection or MRSA. It starts as like two red bumps that look like cuts and then i get two more on my cheek and thats about it. Its extremely itchy, but I dont itch it. Usually i just let it be, but it was soo itchy this time I called. I put the med. on last night and when I awoke this morning and looked at the area(the best I could see in that area) they bumps had turned a purple color. Is this normal? I can’t find much information online about impetigo being on / near the butt crack…Thank you.

    • ANSWER:

  48. QUESTION:
    From this list, what would you pick to use for perioral dermatitis/seborrheic dermatitis on the beard area?
    Bacitracin 500 Units/Gm topical ointment Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B ointment/cream (Triple Antibiotic) Skin Conditions X
    Benzoyl Peroxide 10% gel Skin Conditions X
    Benzoyl Peroxide 5% gel Skin Conditions 45gm X
    Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% cream Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% lotion Skin Conditions
    Betamethasone Dipropionate 0.05% ointment Skin Conditions
    Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% ointment Skin Conditions
    Clindamycin 1% lotion Skin Conditions
    Clindamycin 1% pledgets Skin Conditions
    Clindamycin 1% topical solution Skin Conditions 30mL X
    Clindamycin Ph 1% gel Skin Conditions
    Clobetasol 0.05% cream Skin Conditions X
    Clobetasol 0.05% ointment Skin Conditions X
    Clobetasol Emollient 0.05% cream Skin Conditions
    Clotrimazole 1% cream Skin Conditions
    Flurandrenolide 4 mcg/sq cm tape Skin Conditions
    Econazole Nitrate 1% cream Skin Conditions X
    Erythromycin 2% topical solution Skin Conditions 60mL X
    Erythromycin/Benzoyl Peroxide gel Skin Conditions
    Fluocinolone 0.01% solution Skin Conditions
    Fluocinonide 0.05% cream Skin Conditions 30gm X
    Fluocinonide 0.05% ointment Skin Conditions
    Fluocinonide 0.05% solution Skin Conditions 20mL
    Fluocinonide Acetonide 0.01% solution Skin Conditions
    Hydrocortisone 1% cream Skin Conditions 28gm X
    Hydrocortisone 1% lotion Skin Conditions 118mL X
    Hydrocortisone 1% ointment Skin Conditions 30gm X
    Hydrocortisone 2.5% cream Skin Conditions 20gm X
    Hydrocortisone 2.5% lotion Skin Conditions 59mL
    Hydrocortisone 2.5% ointment Skin Conditions
    Hydroquinone 4% cream Skin Conditions
    Imiquimod 5% cream Skin Conditions Restricted to HIV clinics
    Ketoconazole 2% cream Skin Conditions
    Ketoconazole 2% shampoo Skin Conditions 120mL
    Metronidazole 0.75% cream Skin Conditions
    Metronidazole 0.75% lotion Skin Conditions
    Metronidazole 0.75% topical gel Skin Conditions 45gm
    Miconazole Nitrate 2% cream Skin Conditions
    Mupirocin 2% topical ointment Skin Conditions 15gm
    Nystatin/Triamcinolone cream/ointment (Mycolog II) Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Permethrin 5% Cream Skin Conditions
    Selenium Sulf 2.5% shampoo Skin Conditions
    Selenium Sulfide 2.5% lotion Skin Conditions
    Silver Sulfadiazine 1% cream Skin Conditions 25gm X
    Tretinoin 0.025% Cream Skin Conditions 20gm
    Tretinoin 0.05% Cream Skin Conditions 20gm
    Triamcinolone 0.025% cream Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Triamcinolone 0.025% ointment Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Triamcinolone 0.1% cream Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Triamcinolone 0.1% lotion Skin Conditions
    Triamcinolone 0.1% ointment Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Triamcinolone 0.5% cream Skin Conditions 15gm X
    Triamcinolone 0.5% ointment

    This is a list of drugs that I can obtain from my clinic and suggest to my doctor. I was wondering if anyone knows what would be good for perioral dermatitis/seborrheic dermatitis because I have 1 NP and 1 PA who do not know the formulary very well so I have to be my own doctor. For example, an NP prescribed ketoconazole 2% cream to me when they already had it in their dispensary.

    BQ: What is the weakest steroid that will not cause rebound effect?
    Sorry, BQ 2: What would be good for hyperpigmentation?

    • ANSWER:
      Well I know that Tretinoin 0.025% Cream Skin Conditions 20gm,
      Tretinoin 0.05% Cream Skin Conditions 20gm,Clindamycin 1% lotion Skin Conditions
      Clindamycin 1% pledgets Skin Conditions
      Clindamycin 1% topical solution Skin Conditions 30mL X
      Clindamycin Ph 1% gel Skin Conditions
      Benzoyl Peroxide 10% gel Skin Conditions X
      Benzoyl Peroxide 5% gel Skin Conditions 45gm X

      Are good for ACNE:) I don’t know about hyperpigmentation.

  49. QUESTION:
    Tragus piercing infection!!!?
    Okay so I got my tragus pierced about two months ago or so and it’s so infected.

    This is my ninth piercing so I know it’s for sure infected, a large bump that contains pus and blood inside. So I went to the doctor like I did last time and they prescribed me with Sulfameth first (which cleared up my cartilage infection identical to this one) and I took the antibiotics and it didn’t do anything towards healing it. So I went back and got Mupirocin 2% ointment to put on it and it still did nothing after the 10 day prescribed run!!

    Sea salt treatment didnt work. Nothing is working!!!

    Please give me some advice to get rid of this infection!! :(

    • ANSWER:
      Sea salt treatment isn’t a one time thing! Keep using it, once a day, every day! I’ll go down, I promise! If not, see a doctor!

  50. QUESTION:
    Has anyone ever had cellulitis? It is inflamamtion skin tissue. How do you keep it from coming back again?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes. It was a staph infection. Have your doctor do a culture on the puss when it come to a head. I know this is very painful. My kids and I had reoccurring infections for two years until I TOLD my doctor to do a culture and the it came back MERSA. very resistant to most antibiotics. I then had a doctor prescribe an ointment call MUPIROCIN 2% (Bactoban) . You have to swab the inside of your nose twice a day for 10 days. Staph lives in your sinus passages. treat your whole family. This works.(+ prayer) we haven’t had an infection for 3 years now . Praise the Lord!


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