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neosporin cream vs ointment

A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
25 years experience Psychiatry
Neosporin allergy: Neosporin cream (neomycin/polymyxin/pramoxine ) is an antibiotic - anesthetic combination for superficial wounds. For potential adverse reactions se ... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Careaga
18 years experience Plastic Surgery
No problem: Depending on where the laceration is... Keep neosporin out of the eyes and mucous membranes.
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Dr. Martin Tyson
27 years experience Addiction Medicine
Can do: Depends really on what the injury/procedure and dressing placed initially. Assuming it was a simple cut that was sutured, sure, neosporin will be fin ... Read More
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Dr. Barry Cohen
34 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not a fan: 15% of population has a skin rash to neomycin, one of the 3 antibiotics in neosporin. I prefer Bacitracin or polymixin.
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
It's okay: No antibiotic is as helpful as cleaning the wound well with soap and water and then keeping it clean. Some people become allergic to the neomycin; yo ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Rohde
35 years experience General Practice
Yes: I don't know what your toddler is healing from, but prolonged contact to the neomycin in the neosporin can lead to allergic reactions in the future. S ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
28 years experience Pediatrics
Yes: The neosporin may help prevent infection. However, if the area is very red and warm, then you should be seen.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Powlin Manuel
51 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Yes you can!: It is ok to use vaseline to keep the skin moisturized and healthy. However, neosporin is used only if there is evidence of infection. Frequent use of ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: This only comes in a topical form, either ointment or cream and should not be taken any other way. It is a combination of bacitracin, neomycin and po ... Read More
A 82-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bradford Romans
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Yes but: This is likely a fungal infection which grows in dark moist places like skin folds and the groin area.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vicki Levine
41 years experience Dermatology
No: Neosporin will not help acne. It may even make it worse. It is also a common cause of allergic eruptions -so throw it away.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Can do better: No one needs to have bad acne or acne scarring in this day and age. I start folks on cheap topical Clindamycin which usually works; if that fails, ch ... Read More

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