Understanding Silverkant Cream for Wound Care

Silverkant Cream is a topical antibiotic used to prevent and treat infections in burns, wounds, skin grafts and surgery sites. It contains silver sulfadiazine to kill bacteria and yeast to help prevent sepsis.

What Conditions is Silverkant Cream Used for?

Silverkant Cream is prescribed by doctors to:

  • Prevent infections in second and third-degree burns
  • Treat existing infections that have developed in burns or wounds
  • Prevent sepsis (widespread bacterial infection) through the bloodstream due to burns covering a large body surface area
  • Help heal skin graft sites after transplant surgery
  • Reduce infections after cosmetic and reconstructive surgeries
  • Treat yeast infections of the skin

It fights bacteria most commonly responsible for wound infections, like E. coli, staph, strep, and pseudomonas.

How Does the Medication Work?

Silverkant Cream contains 1% silver sulfadiazine, which works against infection in two ways:

  • Silver ions prevent bacteria from replicating and spreading
  • Sulfadiazine antibiotics kill existing bacteria

This dual action fights infection on contact while also stopping invading pathogens.

The sulfadiazine works against a broad spectrum of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria, while the silver targets yeast and fungus. Together they help clear infection from damaged skin and tissues trying to heal underneath.

How Do You Apply and Use Silverkant?

Using Silverkant Cream appropriately helps ensure effectiveness:

  • Clean wound/burn and gently pat dry
  • Apply about 1/16th inch thick layer across entire area
  • Cover with sterile bandage or gauze dressing
  • Change dressing 1-2 times per day
  • Reapply cream each time dressing is changed
  • Continue use for the full treatment course

Avoid contact with eyes, nose and mouth. Caregivers should wear gloves when applying. Monitor for any increase in redness, swelling, oozing or pain which may indicate brewing infection requiring medical care.

What Are Some Benefits of Using This Medication?

Some advantages of using Silverkant Cream include:

  • Broad-spectrum activity against common wound pathogens all in one product
  • Direct application to the infection site for targeted treatment
  • Creates ongoing germ-fighting barrier when reapplied to dressing changes
  • Low incidence of resistance or decreased effectiveness over time
  • Generally well tolerated with mild side effects compared to oral/injectable antibiotics
  • Helps prevent sepsis in severe burns when infection can turn deadly fast

Talk to your doctor about whether Silverkant makes sense for your wound care needs.

Who Should Not Use Silver Sulfadiazine Cream?

You should avoid Silverkant Cream if:

  • You have an allergy or sensitivity to sulfa drugs or silver products
  • You have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase deficiency (G6PD) which causes hemolytic anemia
  • You have porphyria, a rare enzyme disorder
  • You are near full term in your pregnancy

Use caution if you have liver or kidney dysfunction. Seek emergency care for hives, trouble breathing, or rapid swelling signalling a severe allergic reaction.

What Are Some Potential Side Effects?

When applied topically as directed, Silverkant Cream is usually well tolerated. Mild irritation like redness, stinging or itching may occur. Signs of possible sensitivity include:

  • Rash with skin peeling
  • Hives, blistering or skin sloughing
  • Purpura blood spots under skin
  • Jaundice yellowing of skin/eyes
  • Dark or bloody urine

Systemic absorption can also rarely cause more serious sulfonamide antibiotic side effects like low white blood cell counts, kidney problems or liver damage. Discuss any concerns with your doctor.

How Should Silver Sulfadiazine Cream Be Stored?

Follow these storage guidelines to maintain effectiveness:

  • Store tubes at room temperature below 30°C
  • Keep tightly closed when not in use
  • Protect cream from light exposure
  • Avoid extreme heat or freezing

Safely discard any leftover cream after treatment completion. Keep the medication tucked away out of children’s reach.

Common Questions About Silverkant

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

How long does one tube last when used as directed?

A standard 15 gram tube used twice daily on small wounds may last 7-10 days. Larger treated areas requiring thicker application could go through a tube in 3-5 days.

Does the cream lose potency if the tube is left open?

Yes, it’s best to seal the tube tightly between use to retain all antibacterial action. Any contamination introduced into an open tube can foster resistance as well. Discard if changes in odor, color or texture are noticed.

Can Silverkant be used on pediatric burn patients?

While approved for adults, safety and efficacy have not yet been established through clinical trials for children. Doctors may prescribe it off-label, but side effect risks may be greater on more absorbent skin.

What is the proper technique to apply Silverkant Cream?

Gently smooth about 1/16 of an inch thick layer evenly across the entire affected area using the sterile gloved hand or gauze. Do not rub vigorously or overload some sections which can lead to increased absorption or irritation.

How can you tell if the cream is working?

You may notice decreasing drainage, redness, swelling, odor and pain at the site. Healing underneath and around skin grafts or wound edges indicates clearing infection allowing proper mending. Let your doctor know if symptoms drastically worsen.