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Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

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

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

You need a Rx: Depends on the type of infection you are treating. For staph, an rx ointment can be used.

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Allergic to vancomycin IV drip in the past (red man), also allergic to neosporin and topical bacitracin which gave me a rash. Any natural rash cures?

Allergic to vancomycin IV drip in the past (red man), also allergic to neosporin and topical bacitracin which gave me a rash. Any natural rash cures?

Vancomycin: "red nan syndrome" is rather a side effect not a true allergy, can be avoided by slower infusion rate of the drug, if you you are allergic to neosporin or bacitracin applied topically, better avoid using them, as for the rash, I am not sure what kind and what is the possible cause, need to be seen, if you can't see a doctor at the moment, try hydrocortisone cream 1% OTC for now, till u c ur doctor

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I'm allergic to penicillin. Should I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or neosporin for cuts and scrapes?

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): That would be perfectly fine. There are no known problems with this, and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) and neosporin are not penicillins.

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Is bacitracin the same as neosporin?

Is bacitracin the same as neosporin?

No: Bacitracin is only one ingredient in neosporin. Neosporin is a topical antibiotic that contains neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin b. As long as you are not allergic, you can use them interchangeably.

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Is it ok to use bacitracin and neosporin together?

Is it ok to use bacitracin and neosporin together?

Yes: In fact, the original formulation of "neosporin" contained some bacitracin. No topical antibiotic is as helpful as simply cleaning the wound very well with soap and water and keeping it clean and protected.

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Will bacitracin help a pimple?

Will bacitracin help a pimple?

Maybe-: If the pimple is caused by a streptococcal bacteria, yes. If it is caused by staphylococcal bacteria such as community acquired methicillin resistant staphulococcus aureus (ca-mrsa), or most other types of bacteria to cause boils, then no.

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Can I use bacitracin for my vaginitis?

Can I use bacitracin for my vaginitis?

No: Backtracking is for gram positive bacteria and vaginitis is caused by other bacteria and yeast infection. You need a slide and culture done with an exam.

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Why use bactroban (mupirocin) over bacitracin?

Why use bactroban (mupirocin) over bacitracin?

Depends: Bactroban (mupirocin) should only be used in an infection caused by mrsa. If not, mssa infections can convert into MRSA infections.

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My pennies itches. Can I put bacitracin on it?

My pennies itches. Can I put bacitracin on it?

Unlikely to help: The most common cause of penis itching is a fungal infection which can be treated with topic antifungals such as clotrimazole. Bacitracin kills bacteria so it's unlikely to help at all. Of course, without a picture it's hard to tell what it is.

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Is bacitracin to be applied before or after scab removed?

Is bacitracin to be applied before or after scab removed?

Both.: You could use topical antibiotics both before and after the scab is removed. It might not penetrate as much with the scab on, but doesn't hurt.

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Is it okay to put bacitracin on my surgery area after stitches are removed?

Is it okay to put bacitracin on my surgery area after stitches are removed?

Ask your doctor: Normally not a problem if normal healing occurs but check with your doctor to be sure.

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How fast can bacitracin heal minor scrapes?

The body heals: Bacitracin protects from infection while the body heals in 5-7 days.

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Bacitracin and neosporin the same?

No, are different: However both are topical antibiotics ; both have an inert petrolatum (vaseline) base.

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Can I buy bacitracin ointment otc?

Yes: Over the counter Bacitracin ointment is available without a prescription.

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What is bacitracin ointment used for?

Bacitracin: To prevent minor skin infections caused by small cuts, scrapes or burns. It is an antibiotic ointment.

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Where will I get bacitracin ointment?

BACITRACIN OINTMENT: Bacitracin ointment is in every drug store. You do not need a prescription.

Dr. John Chiu
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