Have you ever thought about what the heck goes into treating burns? No, I’m not talking about applying aloe vera and calling it a day. Treating burns takes much more than that.
Antimicrobials are one way to treat burns. But did you know there’s one antimicrobial that’s commonly used for everything ELSE but not for treating burns? Curious yet? Keep reading!
What Are Antimicrobials?
Before we dive into answering the burn question, let’s break down what antimicrobials actually are.
Antimicrobials can be defined as any substance used in the treatment of microorganism infections, such as bacteria or fungi. They come in many different forms such as creams, ointments, solutions, and tablets.
The goal of using an antimicrobial is to kill or inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria on your skin – particularly when healing wounds. And yes – this includes burn injuries too!
Now that we’ve cleared things up let’s explore which antimicrobial isn’t commonly used to treat burns
First Things First…
When it comes to treating burn injuries with antibiotics/antimicrobials – here’s something very important you should know: “Not all antibiotics have approval from FDA.” So depending on where you live will determine which medications providers might choose.. Interesting right?
This means that certain countries may allow usage and approval of certain drugs while others don’t. It’s essential to realize this fact due to differing regulations on medication imports between countries around the world.
So What ISN’T Commonly Used?!
We made it! Finally getting down deep into why we’re all here…What ANTIBIOTICS (not just limiting ourselves strictly with ‘topical’ options) aren’t typically prescribed for burns?:
Without further ado – drumroll, please – the answer is VANCOMYCIN. “Wait, why Vancomycin?” you may be asking yourself while scratching your head (be careful not to give yourself a burn!). Allow us to explain.
So Why Isn’t Vancomycin Commonly Prescribed for Burns Treatment?
Vancomycin is an antibiotic that has been around since 1956 and was previously used to combat infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA. But here’s the thing- it isn’t commonly prescribed for burns due to several reasons:
Bacteria can become resistant towards antibiotics after continued usage which then often calls for stronger doses of medication (which we don’t want in many circumstances). The problem with vancomycin: some bacteria have already grown immune responses , especially when there’s been a history of excessive usage periods over extended amounts of time.. This resistance renders vanco useless against certain bacterial strains, ultimately resulting in treatments leading up into dangerously high dosages justto try and clear out infection but unfortunately gives rise severe side effects.
Vancomycin can be quite expensive. Its cost makes it difficult for healthcare providers/ hospitals alike who are treating large amounts of patients on lower budgets – hence leading them towards safer alternatives instead!
But despite these generally disappointing arguments surrounding vanco & being less accessible compared alternative options – It remains effective towards many other gram positive bacterias like streptococcus viridans among others! And although likely never F.D.A. approved – doesn’t mean there wouldn’t potentially be benefits down the line / hope yet!
A Side Note on Antimicrobial Usage & Resistance
Before you casually start Googling all things antimicrobial related – take note that misuse typically leads its abuse parallelled towards increased bacterial resistance .
This means using unnecessary broad-spectrum antibiotics without truly needing them not only contributes towards battling resistant strains, but also means that medical teams will ultimately have limited to no effective options left. It’s becoming more of a problem amidst limited treatment agents for treating bacterial infections – key reason why providers avoid to prescribe vancomycin incase said resistance occurs.
So What Antimicrobials ARE Commonly Used?
When receiving burn injury treatments , a few commonly used antibiotics and antimicrobial are sulfadiazine, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (or Bactrim), mafenide acetate among others!
Phew! That was quite the rollercoaster ride discussing burns & antimicrobials with y’all if I do say so myself! Overall, it’s important to know which medications are reliable alternatives above all else? And what role they might serve realistically in preventing progression or infection during wound healing.This would determine what your healthcare provider may choose along with keeping up faith knowing there is always variable research happening within medication studies at industry level..plus uhh wouldn’t want inappropriate prescriptions leading somebody possibly into this kind of Hot Mess now would we?
Hey there, I’m Dane Raynor, and I’m all about sharing fascinating knowledge, news, and hot topics. I’m passionate about learning and have a knack for simplifying complex ideas. Let’s explore together!
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