A 41-year-old female asked:
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gallbladder surgery 2 weeks ago. dr took off steri strips today. can i put neosporin or hydrogen peroxide or vitamin oil on the incisions?

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Dr. Rafael Lugo
28 years experience General Surgery
No peroxide: Do not put peroxide. That can damage healing tissues. Best thing is to wash with plain water and soap. If you want to apply a cream, anything is ok. Cocoa butter is great. If you applied nothing it still will heal fine just keep the skin moisturized.
Answered on Oct 19, 2015
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Dr. Allen Kamrava
15 years experience Colon and Rectal Surgery
Sure: You can do what makes you feel better, but no studies have shown any of that stuff to aid in wound healing. At two weeks, the wounds are healed - hydrogen peroxide and neosporin aren't going to prevent an infection at this point. Vitamin e - there is anecdotal evidence that it helps wounds, however no solid data. If you were to use any of the three this far out, would do vitamin e.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013

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