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Title: Current and Emerging Topical Antibacterials and Antiseptics: Agents, Action, and Resistance Patterns.
Austin Authors: Williamson, Deborah A;Carter, Glen P;Howden, Benjamin P 
Affiliation: Microbiological Diagnostic Unit Public Health Laboratory, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of Melbourne at The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Doherty Applied Microbial Genomics, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, The University of Melbourne at The Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Jul-2017
Publication information: Clinical microbiology reviews 2017; 30(3): 827-860
Abstract: Bacterial skin infections represent some of the most common infectious diseases globally. Prevention and treatment of skin infections can involve application of a topical antimicrobial, which may be an antibiotic (such as mupirocin or fusidic acid) or an antiseptic (such as chlorhexidine or alcohol). However, there is limited evidence to support the widespread prophylactic or therapeutic use of topical agents. Challenges involved in the use of topical antimicrobials include increasing rates of bacterial resistance, local hypersensitivity reactions (particularly to older agents, such as bacitracin), and concerns about the indiscriminate use of antiseptics potentially coselecting for antibiotic resistance. We review the evidence for the major clinical uses of topical antibiotics and antiseptics. In addition, we review the mechanisms of action of common topical agents and define the clinical and molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance in these agents. Moreover, we review the potential use of newer and emerging agents, such as retapamulin and ebselen, and discuss the role of antiseptic agents in preventing bacterial skin infections. A comprehensive understanding of the clinical efficacy and drivers of resistance to topical agents will inform the optimal use of these agents to preserve their activity in the future.
URI: http://ahro.austin.org.au/austinjspui/handle/1/18934
DOI: 10.1128/CMR.00112-16
ORCID: 0000-0003-0237-1473
PubMed URL: 28592405
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Staphylococcus aureus
antibiotic resistance
antiseptic
community-acquired infections
impetigo
skin infections
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