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Altabax Ointment Description

Altabax Ointment belongs to a newer class of antibiotics called pleuromutilins and is often prescribed to treat impetigo in adults and children at least nine months old. Impetigo is more commonly caused by a staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus), but can also occur as a result of the Streptococcus bacteria.

This skin condition usually occurs more in children between two and five years old and because it is highly contagious, the parents and older siblings are also at risk for impetigo. Children are prone to scrapes and scratches which is how the bacteria find their way into the skin and cause impetigo. Your doctor or pediatrician may recommend a topical and an oral antibiotic, depending on the severity of your lesions.

Try a Newer Type of Antibiotic to Treat Impetigo

Apply Altabax Ointment as directed by your doctor and for the entire time period indicated so the bacteria cannot make a come-back and become resistant to the medication. As Altabax Ointment is absorbed into the skin cells, the active ingredient called Retapamulin inhibits a specific subunit of the bacterial ribosomes. These are parts of cells that manufacture essential proteins the bacteria need to grow and reproduce. This action renders the bacteria useless and their numbers will die off while your own immune system will help eradicate the remaining few.

More About Impetigo

Although impetigo can affect the skin anywhere on your body, it is more likely to occur around your nose, mouth, on forearms and hands, and the diaper area in younger children. The more common of the two types of impetigo called non-bullous (crusted) starts out as tiny blisters that will burst, leaving weeping red patches on your skin that crust over. Non-bullous impetigo is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus but it can also be infected by the group A streptococcus. Bullous impetigo is almost always caused by S. aureus. The bacteria release toxins that cause the formation of bigger fluid-filled blisters that last longer without bursting.

Before Altabax Ointment is Applied

Ask your doctor about any risks of using Altabax Ointment while you are pregnant, may become pregnant, or are breast feeding. To determine if Altabax Ointment is safe for you, tell your doctor about other medical conditions or allergies you have and list any OTC or Rx medications you take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements.

Altabax Ointment Precautions and Proper Use

Use a gloved hand or finger cot to apply Altabax Ointment and wash your hands thoroughly before and after application. This will help to reduce the risk of spreading the bacteria to other areas as well as to minimize the risks of infecting others. Do not apply Altabax Ointment to any areas of your skin that have not been confirmed as impetigo. Revisit your doctor if the lesions have not improved after three to four days of applying as directed.

Possible Side Effects of Altabax Ointment

  • Headache
  • Skin irritation
  • Stuffy nose or sore throat

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