A 40-year-old member asked:
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can i use neosporin cream (neomycin and polymyxin b) for stitches?

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Dr. Daniel Careaga
17 years experience Plastic Surgery
No problem: Depending on where the laceration is... Keep neosporin out of the eyes and mucous membranes.
Answered on May 18, 2016
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Dr. Martin Tyson
26 years experience Addiction Medicine
Can do: Depends really on what the injury/procedure and dressing placed initially. Assuming it was a simple cut that was sutured, sure, neosporin will be fine. Sometimes more elaborate dressings are used containing silver etc, so wouldn't be necessary then.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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Dr. Barry Cohen
33 years experience Plastic Surgery
Not a fan: 15% of population has a skin rash to neomycin, one of the 3 antibiotics in neosporin. I prefer Bacitracin or polymixin.
Answered on May 10, 2016
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Dr. Robert Dorsey
35 years experience Wound care
Is ok: I generally use a silver dressing.
Answered on Mar 1, 2018

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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It's okay: No antibiotic is as helpful as cleaning the wound well with soap and water and then keeping it clean. Some people become allergic to the neomycin; yo ... Read More
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Dr. Thomas Rohde
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Yes: I don't know what your toddler is healing from, but prolonged contact to the neomycin in the neosporin can lead to allergic reactions in the future. S ... Read More
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Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Yes: The neosporin may help prevent infection. However, if the area is very red and warm, then you should be seen.
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Dr. Powlin Manuel
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Yes you can!: It is ok to use vaseline to keep the skin moisturized and healthy. However, neosporin is used only if there is evidence of infection. Frequent use of ... Read More
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