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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Hashim Alani
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Neosporin xpolyspori: There is a difference, neosporin is one antibiotic ointment. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is antibiotic but, is a mixture of few antibiotic products.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Allergic to neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) what ointment can I use?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
You need a Rx: Depends on the type of infection you are treating. For staph, an rx ointment can be used.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What's the difference between neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Lorrie Klein
Dermatology 37 years experience
Neomycin: Neosporin contains bacitracin, polymyxin and neomycin. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains just the first 2 of these. Neomycin is a common allergan so many people react with a contact allergy dermatitis to neosporin.
Last updated Aug 17, 2013


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