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Winter 2003, Vol. 11 No. 4

H.K. Dermatol. Venereol. Bull. (2003) 11, 190-198


Review Article

A review of antibiotics in dermatology

KSC Fung 馮秀珍

Abstract
Antibiotics refer to the natural occurring microbial products, synthetic and semi-synthetic products with antimicrobial activities useful in treating infections. The choice of antibiotics will be based on clinical evidence with regard to the agent's activity, efficacy, safety and cost. Non-essential use should be avoided because of their potential for selection of resistant organisms and are of public health concern. This article explores the mechanism of action, spectrum of activity, clinical application, adverse effects and drug-drug interactions for selective antibiotics commonly employed in dermatological practice.