Topical anti infectives
TOPICAL ANTI INFECTIVES
TOPICAL ANTI INFECTIVES – INTRODUCTION
Topical anti-infective agents act by either killing or inhibiting the spread of the infectious agent. They include antibiotics, antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agents.
TOPICAL ANTI INFECTIVES – INDICATION
Topical anti-infective agents are applied to the skin, on the nail, onto mucus membranes or vaginally, to treat the infection. These topical agents are available as creams, ointments, shampoos, powders and other forms, which can be applied locally on the area that needs to be treated.
TOPICAL ANTI INFECTIVES – INFORMATION
Topical Anti-Infectives works by decreasing bacteria levels and increasing the sloughing off of skin cells. Azelaic acid interferes with bacteria’s reproduction and thus decreases the number of bacteria that causes acne. Azelaic acid also helps reduce skin inflammation. The primary use of anti-infectives (which include Antimicrobial Agents medications), is to kill or inhibit the growth of organisms such as bacteria, parasites or fungi, thus limiting infection. Anti-infective agents that are too toxic to be used systemically (such as bleach or antiseptics medications) are not included in the Medicine Guide at this time.