In a pique of frustration, you decide to see a dermatologist about your angular cheilitis condition and the end result of that visit is a prescription for bactroban mupirocin. You learn that it is a topical antibiotic, but like many other physician-written prescriptions, you’re unsure if will really work.
You’ll give it the good, old college try, but in the interim, you decide to become more knowledgeable about bactroban. Perhaps your situation is different and you wish to learn about bactroban before going to the doctor. This is the purpose of this blog post: to acquaint you with this rather popular antibiotic and enlighten you on the potential benefits of using it for your angular cheilitis.
Bactroban mupirocin is a topical antibacterial preparation which either comes in cream or ointment form. Dermatological use calls for 20 mg mupirocin in a bland water miscible ointment or cream base. It is typically prescribed for impetigo, a contagious skin infection accompanied by sores or blisters on the face and/or on other parts of the body. It is also prescribed for any type of skin infection thought to be caused by the rogue bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus or Streptococcus pyogenes.
Its antibacterial prowess makes mupirocin an appealing product in thwarting angular cheilitis. As you may recall in the “Angular Cheilitis Causes” section of our website, Staphylococcus aureus stirs up many cheilitis cases. Therefore, an agent that will wipe out their colonies may be very desirable in ameliorating perleche.
Of course, mupirocin will be ineffective if your perleche is not caused by bacteria but by fungi or other contributing factors. However, as most cheilitis sighting hve a bacterial undercurrent, bactroban mupirocin may prove to be very beneficial to use.
Using Bactroban Mupirocin
Thoroughly wash your hands and the affected area with a very mild cleanser. Pat your skin dry to ensure all traces of water are gone. Gingerly apply the mupirocin cream or ointment with your fingers, or better yet, a cotton wood pad. Although not essential, you can then cover the area with a band aid. The magic of disappearing cheilitis may take a few days although there is no certainty that this topical will work at all. But it’s advised not to use the product for more than 10 consecutive days, three times per day. Again, consult with your physician and follow the exact directions that you’re provided. Moreover, you should read the product insert for further guidance.
You may be advised to use an antiseptic wash or solution in conjuction with bactroban mupirocin. The reason: This will help to prevent the bacteria from becoming resistant to the mipirocin.
Side Effects and Warnings
Whenever you use a prescription, there are always potential side effects to consider. The primary side effects of mupirocin include skin itching, stinging, or even burning, dry skin, rashes, and contact dermatitis. If you’re concerned with any adverse reactions that you observe, immediately contact your physician. Allergic reactions are possible so careful observation is required.
The safety of this medicine has not been established for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Consequently, caution should be exercised, necessitating medical advice. Similarly, the use of this product has not been established for children under two, and is also not recommended. Those with kidney ailments need to seriously consider the pros and cons of this medicine. Mupirocin contains polyethylene glycol which is harmful to the kidneys if too much is absorbed through the skin.
To Use or not to Use
This is a powerful topical antibiotic that is effective in fighting bacteria which may be a saving grace for those who are battling bacteria-caused angular cheilitis. On the other hand, if your cheilitis does not have a bacterial component, so to speak, the medicine will not produce the favorable results you seek. Those who are very health conscious may also have a problem with this prescription and may seek more natural and home-based treatments. One may also factor in the expense of the prescription and cost of seeing the dermatologist, for that money.
Still, bactroban mupirocin has the potential to wipe out angular cheilitis so you may deem it to be your first or last option in improving the condition of your skin.