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Arlington, VA
A 38-year-old female asked:

Have used bacitracin ointment on wound for 14 + days - is this safe? use was due to finger wound, which req 3 stitches (now removed)- please advise

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Dr. Su Fairchild
Integrative Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: bacitracin is fine. Keeping it covered with a bandaid will tend to help it heal faster.

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Arlington, VA
A 38-year-old female asked:

Wound to finger which required 3 stitches (stitches now removed for over a week)have used Bacitracin ointment on wound for 14 days - is this safe?

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Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Dermatology 57 years experience
No: Bacitracin does not prevent or treat skin infections. It is useless. It is a common sensitizer, causing allergic reactions. Studies comparing it to vaseline or Aquaphor reveal that wounds heal better with vaseline. Same is true for Neosporin and triple antibiotic.

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Last updated Mar 15, 2018

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