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Cutis. 2008 Aug;82(2 Suppl 2):18-20.

Topical and oral antibiotics in wound care.

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Division of General Internal Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.

Abstract

Treating clinically uninfected venous leg ulcers or superficial diabetic foot ulcers with systemic antimicrobial agents does not accelerate healing, even when pathogens grow from cultures of the wounds. Topical antibiotics do not prevent infections following routine dermatologic surgical procedures or minor wounds in an emergency department, but they are effective in reducing infections following minor trauma in children.

PMID:
18927986
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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