What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

What is silver sulfadiazine cream used for?

Silver sulfadiazine is an antibiotic. It fights bacteria and yeast on the skin. Silver sulfadiazine topical (for the skin) is used to treat or prevent serious infection on areas of skin with second- or third-degree burns.

Can you put silver sulfadiazine on an open wound?

Silver sulfadiazine works by stopping the growth of bacteria that may infect an open wound. This helps to decrease the risk of the bacteria spreading to surrounding skin, or to the blood where it can cause a serious blood infection (sepsis).

How long should I use silver sulfadiazine cream?

Once opened, the tube of cream has an expiry date of seven days to reduce the risk of infection. Larger pots of cream must be used within 24 hours. Do not use it after this time….About silver sulfadiazine.

Type of medicine An anti-infective skin cream
Also called Flamazine®
Available as Cream

Why does silver help heal wounds?

Ovington explains that silver impregnated products, which provide a sustained release of positively charged silver ions at the wound surface, can promote wound healing and decrease infection by killing bacteria.

Does silver draw out infection?

The bactericidal activity of silver is well documented. Its benefit in reducing or preventing infection can be seen in several applications, including as a topical treatment for burns and chronic wounds and as a coating for both temporary and permanent medical devices.

Frequently Asked Questions

You will have been prescribed silver sulfadiazine cream to prevent, or to treat, a bacterial skin infection. It is particularly helpful in preventing burn wounds and small skin grafts from becoming infected.

What is the generic name for silver sulfadiazine?

Generic Name: silver sulfadiazine topical (SIL ver SUL fa DYE a zeen TOP ik al) Brand Name: Silvadene, SSD, Thermazene, SSD AF Dosage Forms: topical cream (1%) Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on May 25, 2020.

When to use silver sulfadiazine on premature babies?

Silver sulfadiazine belongs to a class of drugs known as sulfa antibiotics .Silver sulfadiazine must not be used on premature babies or on newborns during the first 2 months of life because of the risk of serious side effects. This medication is for use on the skin only.

Do you have to wear a glove with silver sulfadiazine?

Always wear a sterile, disposable glove when you apply silver sulfadiazine. Cover the cleaned burned area with a 1/16-inch (0.2-centimeter) thickness of cream. Keep the burned area covered with cream at all times; reapply the cream to any area that becomes uncovered.

How often should silver sulfadiazine cream be applied?

Silver sulfadiazine cream is usually applied 1 or 2 times daily. Burn wounds must be kept covered with this medicine at all times. Treated skin areas can be left uncovered, or you may use a gauze bandage if directed by your doctor. While using silver sulfadiazine topical, you may need frequent blood tests.

Is silver a sulfa drug?

Silver sulfadiazine, a sulfa drug, is used to prevent and treat infections of second- and third-degree burns. It kills a wide variety of bacteria.

Can you buy silver sulfadiazine over the counter?

RX only in the US: Silver sulfadiazine requires a prescription in the us ( silvadene (silver sulfadiazine) or it’s equivalents) and is not available over the counter.

How to treat a sunburn with silver sulfadiazine?

To use: Before applying this medicine, clean the affected areas. Wear sterile gloves to apply this medicine. If this medicine is rubbed off the affected areas by moving around or if it is washed off during bathing, showering, or the use of a whirlpool bath, reapply the