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Would triple antibiotic ointment help treat strep or staph infection?

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Posted on Mon, 25 May 2015
Question: I was on here once before and they said my sores on my buttocks could be strep or stalph infection. Is triple antibiotic ointment enough to help it?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Oral antibiotics and topical antibacterial ointment.

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I have taken note of your query and I have understood it.

Sores are most likely a bacterial skin infection.
If I was the treating doctor I would also suggest you to take an Oral antibiotic for a week.
My choice of an oral antibacterial would be either Amoxycillin 500 mg Or Cephalexin 500 mg, three times a day, for a week.
Oral antibiotics would help resolve the infection faster. Oral antibiotics are prescription drugs and therefore I suggest that you talk to your doctor for the needful.
Topically you may use an Over the counter, topical antibacterial e.g 2% Mupirocin ointment, twice daily for a week.

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Would triple antibiotic ointment help treat strep or staph infection?

Brief Answer: Oral antibiotics and topical antibacterial ointment. Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us I have taken note of your query and I have understood it. Sores are most likely a bacterial skin infection. If I was the treating doctor I would also suggest you to take an Oral antibiotic for a week. My choice of an oral antibacterial would be either Amoxycillin 500 mg Or Cephalexin 500 mg, three times a day, for a week. Oral antibiotics would help resolve the infection faster. Oral antibiotics are prescription drugs and therefore I suggest that you talk to your doctor for the needful. Topically you may use an Over the counter, topical antibacterial e.g 2% Mupirocin ointment, twice daily for a week. Regards