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Antibiotic ointment

A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Katharine Cox
44 years experience in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
See your doctor: Healing skin infections should start to get smaller and less red with treatment. If you are concerned return to your doctor for a recheck.

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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Small: external infections.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Linda Spencer
35 years experience in Dermatology
Antibacterial: The "Triple" part of the name refers to the fact that the ointment contains three active ingredients: bacitracin, polymyxin, and neomycin. Other antib ... Read More
A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ryan Phasouk
17 years experience in Family Medicine
Follow up: A wound that is unresponsive to traditional over the counter remedies for more than 2 weeks, would require assessment by a medical provider for an acc ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
No: This is an antibiotic that kills bacteria, not fungus.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mary Ellen Luchetti
34 years experience in Dermatology
Options: I suggest staying away from neomycin-containing ointments as many people are allergic to them. Polysporinn does not contain neomycin; however, do not ... Read More
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Not needed: There are non-prescription treatments for ring worm. Consult this site for more information on this topic: http://www.cdc.gov/fungal/diseases/ringworm ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Marketing: These are mostly over the counter products usually containing several antibiotics to get a broad coverage. They are in face useful and will cover a w ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Staph aureus: You do not say what type of infection you have or how you know it is staphylococcal. You need to see a doctor.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience in General Surgery
Antibiotics: In general any topical antibiotic will work fine, but some do have ingredients that can cause allergic reactions.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience in Infectious Disease
Depends: Depends on where the staph is. If it is a superficial infection, it may; however, staph is notorious for its propensity to cause abscess, in which ca ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
70 years experience in Dermatology
BACITRACIN OINTMENT: No. Bacitracin ointment is over-the-counter.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Just about equal: Personal preference.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
40 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Bacitracin is an effective topical antibiotic. Bacitracin zinc is a salt of the compound that is usually added to neomycin and polymixin b to form th ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience in Psychiatry
For what problem?: Without knowing what you're treating, it's hard to say which would be "better." polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains synthetic antibiotics, ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Axel Martinez-Irizarry
16 years experience in Family Medicine
No.: Antibiotic ointments will just stick to the outside of where you apply. Outer ear infections produce debris and secretions that make antibiotic drops ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Dorsey
35 years experience in Wound care
Depends: Bactroban (mupirocin) should only be used in an infection caused by mrsa. If not, mssa infections can convert into MRSA infections.
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A 68-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience in Dermatology
Allergy: Allergy to Bacitracin & neosporin is very common. They are of no use anyway & are best avoided. You may benefit from a prescription. Suggest you see a ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dave Burns
45 years experience in Dentistry
Call: Ask your medical doctor as you want what will work best for your problem and not allow the infection to get worse.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience in Rheumatology
No: They are different compounds but both can be helpful in the correct setting.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience in Internal Medicine
Like a charm: Same way it works everywhere else - kills or disables bacteria. Ointments also contain petroleum based agents which help the skin retain moisture.
A female asked:
Dr. Jay Bradley
17 years experience in LASIK Surgery
Bactroban (mupirocin): Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is an excellent topical medication to treat staphylococcal infections. Use it as recommended by your doctor.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Virus vs bacteria: Bactroban (mupirocin) is used to treat bacterial infections and zovirax cream is for viruses.
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
Safe but ...: Furuncle, so called "boil" requires oral antibiotics treatment and even may need incision and drainage.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience in Endodontics
Yes: Just don't injest.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marguerite Barnett
41 years experience in Plastic Surgery
It can: Some people have such a mild or no reaction that they need nothing at all. Some people have more itching and cortisone cream can really help but it s ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience in General Practice
Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): No. It is an antibiotic ointment.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Douglas Berson
37 years experience in Allergy and Immunology
Triple trouble: I don't know of any cross-reactivity between sulfa and triple antibiotic ointments (combo of neomycin, polymyxin and bacitracin) however it is importa ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Did it work?: If the ointment cleared up the area without there being infection it should not be a problem. It is highly unlikely to be toxic in any way. Your doc ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Peppercorn
42 years experience in Dermatology
Mupirocin: Great idea! Mupirocin is the best surface antibiotic ointment and much better than neosporin.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Farhad Sigari
19 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Depends on how much you swallowed. The topicals are at a much higher strength and cause significant problems if swallowed.
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ally-Khan Somani
18 years experience in Dermatology
Time: Wounds and how they heal is directly related to intrinsic and extrinsic factors. The intrinsic factors that impact healing and scar formation include ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Depends: Phimosis is the natural state, meaning the foreskin covers the barb of the penis.If it is producing problems, like infection and painful irritation, s ... Read More
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