How to apply nasal ointment
Why use nasal ointment?
Nasal ointment may be necessary for a dry nose, to address allergies, or as treatment for a Staph infection. Nasal ointment is also usually necessary after nasal surgery including, septoplasty, rhinoplasty, turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery.
Antibiotic nasal ointment is used for eradicating staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA, from the nostrils in order to stop infections. Bactroban ointment is applied inside the nose for this purpose.
Store at room temperature (below 25°C). The shelf life is three years. There are no known incompatibilities or reactions with other medications.
If Bactroban ointment is unavailable then Chlorsig ointment is a reasonable alternative.
How does it work?
Bactroban nasal ointment includes the active ingredient mupirocin. This is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to remove staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it can be used for clearing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital patients. Mupirocin exerts its antimicrobial activity by reversibly inhibiting isoleucyl-transfer RNA, thereby inhibiting bacterial protein and RNA synthesis. This reasons the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins – ultimately killing the bacteria.
Certain bacteria, including Staph aureus, are found obviously on many people’s skin and inside their nose. These bacteria are generally harmless and don’t reason issues. However, they can reason infection if they get into a wound or spread to other parts of the body. In a hospital environment or after surgery, it is significant that these types of bacteria are eliminated. They can not only reason infections in the carrier, but can also be spread and reason serious infections in people who are already unwell.