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What is gentamicin cream used for?

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According to Drugs.com, gentamicin cream is used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria. Drugs.com states that gentamicin is an antibiotic, and it can stop the growth of certain bacteria.

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Gentamicin sulfate cream is a topical broad spectrum antibiotic that is highly effective for treating many skin infections, according to Drugs.com. Drugs.com states that gentamicin is effective against sensitive strains of Streptococci bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, Psueudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli, Proteus vulgaris and Klebsiella pneumoniae.

Drugs.com states that gentamicin cream can be used for infected skin cysts and abscesses, as well as infected ulcers, wounds, lacerations, stings and burns. According to Drugs.com, gentamicin cream can be used in infants over the age of 1, as well as children and adults.

Drugs.com states that a small amount of gentamicin sulfate cream should be applied to the infected skin three or four times a day. Before applying the cream, the skin should be washed and dried thoroughly. According to Drugs.com, gentamicin cream is for topical use only, and should not be taken orally, or applied to areas other than skin, such as the eye.

According to Drugs.com, gentamicin cream may cause the skin to become sunburned more easily. Gentamicin cream may also cause skin redness and itching in some people.

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