Other rare side effects may occur. Anyone who has unusual symptoms after using a topical antibiotic should get in touch with the physician who prescribed or the pharmacist who recommedned the medication.
Using certain topical antibiotics at the same time as hydrocortisone (a topical corticosteroid used to treat inflammation) may hide signs of infection or allergic reaction. Do not use these two medicines at the same time unless told to do so by a health care provider.
Anyone who is using any other type of prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicine on the skin should check with a doctor before using a topical antibiotic.
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Bacteria—Tiny, one-celled forms of life that cause many diseases and infections.
Conception—The union of egg and sperm to form a fetus.
Fungal—Caused by a fungus.
Fungus—A member of a group of simple organisms that are related to yeast and molds.
Incontinence—The inability to control the bladder or bowel.
Inflammation—Pain, redness, swelling, and heat that usually develop in response to injury or illness.
Nancy Ross-Flanigan, The Gale Group Inc., Gale, Detroit,