Journal article

Current and Emerging Topical Antibacterials and Antiseptics: Agents, Action, and Resistance Patterns.

Deborah A Williamson, Glen P Carter, Benjamin P Howden

Clinical Microbiology Reviews | Published : 2017

Abstract

Bacterial skin infections represent some of the most common infectious diseases globally. Prevention and treatment of skin infections can involve application of a topical antimicrobial, which may be an antibiotic (such as mupirocin or fusidic acid) or an antiseptic (such as chlorhexidine or alcohol). However, there is limited evidence to support the widespread prophylactic or therapeutic use of topical agents. Challenges involved in the use of topical antimicrobials include increasing rates of bacterial resistance, local hypersensitivity reactions (particularly to older agents, such as bacitracin), and concerns about the indiscriminate use of antiseptics potentially coselecting for antibioti..

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