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cause of bacitracin ointment allergy

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Bacitracin allergy: Allergic reactions occur when your body produces antibodies to substances /allergens that are often harmless to other people. Bacitracin is an antib ... Read More

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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
No and no: I'm sorry you got a burn. You'd do well to turn the water temperature down in your shower, but the heat exposure isn't going to give yo ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stephen Friedman
41 years experience Dermatology
Yes: Over the counter Bacitracin ointment is available without a prescription.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
71 years experience Dermatology
BACITRACIN OINTMENT: Bacitracin ointment is in every drug store. You do not need a prescription.
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
28 years experience Dermatology
No: Bacitracin is an antibiotic ointment which helps prevent staph and strep and other bacterial infections but does not help with fungal infections. Topi ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
46 years experience Pediatrics
No: This is an antibiotic that kills bacteria, not fungus.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
24 years experience Integrative Medicine
Yes: bacitracin is fine. Keeping it covered with a bandaid will tend to help it heal faster.
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
57 years experience Dermatology
No: Bacitracin does not prevent or treat skin infections. It is useless. It is a common sensitizer, causing allergic reactions. Studies comparing it to va ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Bacitracin ointment: "This product should not be used in patients with a history of hypersensitivity to Bacitracin." See: http://www.drugs.com/pro/bacitracin.html
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jerome Litt
71 years experience Dermatology
BACITRACIN OINTMENT: No. Bacitracin ointment is over-the-counter.

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