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A 25-year-old male asked:

i have a scrape on my face for 1 week now and it hasn't healed yet. it doesn't hurt but itches bad, what should i do? polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) made it worse

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
Allergy to polyspori: Allergies to antibiotics applied to skin wounds is common. Bacitracin, neosporin, polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin), (bacitracin and polymyxin) triple antibiotic are all common sensitizers. They are also useless. Also avoid peroxide, alcohol, iodine, tea tree oil, and all herbal or "natural" products. WATER is helpful. You can lubricate with vaseline or Aquaphor. When you stop polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) it should stop itching and heal in 5- 10 days.

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