You won’t need to be told that the skin inside your mouth and nose is different from skin everywhere else over your body. Without getting too scientific about it all, the important thing here is knowing that this skin is much more sensitive and more at risk of infection because of the lack of a thick epidermal skin layer like you have elsewhere. Infections inside the mouth and nose can be nasty, but Bactroban ointment is a good antibiotic ointment that’s specifically designed to be used to prevent bacterial infections in the nose.
Bactroban ointment can only be used in the nose, and it’s most commonly used to prevent the spread of impetigo. If you’ve never heard of that infection, that’s a good thing and that’s because it’s not nearly as common as it used to be. The bacteria that gets in your nostrils and causes impetigo are staph and strep, with shortened versions of their long scientific names. If you get impetigo you’ll know about it right away because you’ll have the telltale sores on your skin, most commonly around your mouth and nose. Bactroban ointment is effective because it neutralizes the bacteria and eventually the sores go away.
It can definitely make you wonder about your nostrils in ways you never have before, and especially how they are ever-open pathways to your sinuses and airway beyond that. Aside from being the stimuli source for your olfactory nerves and the ability to smell that they provide, there’s actually a lot of interesting facts about noses that most people aren’t aware of.
But enough about that for now. Let’s look at Bactroban ointment in greater detail, along with a little more on what you should know about an impetigo infection.
Bactroban nasal ointment is usually used as an antibiotic cream for impetigo, but it can also be used as a nasal cream for upper respiratory tract infections. To treat this type of infection, the anti-bacterial ingredient (Mupirocin) makes its way to where it needs to go through inhalation. We should mention as well that Bactroban nasal ointment is different from standard Bactroban, and specifically because it is only for use to treat staph virus-related infections in the nose.
Bactroban ointment is frequently used to treat and prevent infection of skin wounds, but that’s not what you’ll buy Bactroban nasal for. Of course this is something you likely won’t have to decide on as your doctor will be writing you a prescription for one or the other, but do know that Bactroban ointment and Bactroban nasal ointment will be different from each other. And be aware as well that an antibacterial is not the same as an antiviral medication, so anyone thinking to use it as a nasal barrier against the Coronavirus can nix that idea too.
Impetigo is more common with children, but it usually doesn’t develop into anything more than a minor skin infection which is very treatable most of the time. Failure to treat impetigo quickly in adults can lead to much worse complication, and most notably meningitis. So while it’s not like you’d put something like this off anyways, we’ll just say again that you really shouldn’t.
Next, let’s talk about what you should do about the sores themselves after you’ve applied Bactroban ointment. Like with most antibacterial skin creams, it will take some time for it to work and relieve you of the infection. The sores stay raw and painful during that time, and the oozing is unpleasant too. So what you can do to treat the sores of impetigo is this; most people will have vinegar in their kitchen cabinets, and the acidity in vinegar is exactly what’s needed to make impetigo sores less crusty and sore.
Create a vinegar solution (you can also use Apple Cider Vinegar too, and it’s a bit of a champion with all the uses ACV has for treating skin ailments) that is 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to a pint of water and then use a swab of some sort to apply it to affected areas for 15–20 minutes. Do this a few times over the course of a few days and you’ll have much less problem with crusting and oozing while you wait for your Bactroban ointment to work and allow you to get past an impetigo skin infection.