Topical antibacterial agents

Peter A. Lio*, Elaine T. Kaye

*Corresponding author for this work

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Topical antibacterial agents have a crucial role in antimicrobial therapy. Antiseptics and antibiotic preparations offer important alternatives and supplements to systemic agents in a variety of clinical scenarios. These agents are highly versatile. Uses include prophylaxis of infection for traumatic and surgical wounds, MRSA nasal carriage eradication, treatment of burns, and treatment of primary and secondary pyoderma. Although topical antibacterials are widely used in clinical practice, ongoing trials continue to elucidate their relative efficacies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-733
Number of pages17
JournalInfectious disease clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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