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What is Altabax?

Altabax is the brand-name topical antibiotic containing the active ingredient retapamulin. It is an ointment used to treat a skin infection called impetigo caused by susceptible bacteria. Altabax works by interfering with bacterial protein synthesis and stopping its growth. If your doctor prescribes Altabax for your skin infection, you should apply it twice daily for five days. Apply it to the affected area with a cotton swab and keep the area covered if you prefer. Impetigo is highly contagious and can spread when you apply Altabax and then touch another part of your body, so wash your hands after each application. Contact your doctor if there is no improvement in your symptoms after three to four days.

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