A 47-year-old member asked:
why are there two kinds of neosporin? one with bacitracin zinc and one without?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Frank Armstrong answered
24 years experience Dermatology
Antibiotic OTC s: There are essentially three common OTC antibiotic ointments. First is Bacitracin. Second is Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) which is Bacitracin plus Polymyxin B. Neosporin, aka "Triple antibiotic" ointment is Bacitracin + Polymyxin B + Neomycin. Many people (perhaps 1 in 5) are allergic to Neomycin, therefore many dermatologists recommend other options. Aquaphor is a common choice and has no antibiotic in it.
Answered on Jun 8, 2017
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