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Antibiotic Cream For Piercing
Yes: Remember this is only topical and if the piercing is getting infected the ointment will not be sufficient. If you believe it is infected see a doctor ...Read more
Need expert advice. What if I use anti-biotic cream and peroxiode, is that safe for my ear piercing?
Ear Piercing: Don't recommend use of alcohol or hydrogen peroxide to clean piercings as they may cause the surrounding skin to dry out excessively. New piercings are usually cleaned twice a day. Do not twist jewelry / post. Saturate gauze w saline solution (pinch of sea salt in warm water), place on piercing ; allow it to gently drip into the piercing. Or you can buy pressurized saline solution at drug store. ...Read more
If you have a small cut and it gets infected, can it be treated with antibiotic cream? Will it usually streak if it spreads.
Sometimes: There are different degrees of infection. If the wound shows a little redness at the periphery you should be able to treat it with a topical antibiotic. However, with more redness, swelling, pain or warmth you should see a doctor. Streaking of the redness away from the wound would be a sign of a more significant infection that would also need medical attention. ...Read more
How do you define a deep cut vs a superficial cut? Triple antibiotic creams say not to use on deep cuts. What exactly does that mean?
A superficial: Wound involves the skin and adjacent subcutaneous tissues. A deep wound involves underlying fascia, muscles, or other deeper structures. ...Read more
Surgical incisions: It is not necessary to apply antibiotic creams to a surgical incision that is healing well and without signs of infection. Dressing changes as advised by your surgeon and cleansing with mild soap and water is usually all that is needed. If the incision looks infected, you need to see your doctor; sometimes this requires a small procedure to clean the wound, +/- antibiiotics. ...Read more
Yes: The cream has neosporin that is known to cause contact allergies. ...Read more
If it was prescribed: I would think you could assume it was safe. ...Read more
YES!! ~~~: Antibiotics will prevent you from getting an infection so this I the safest time to do it unless you are immunosuppressed. ...Read more
None: Antibiotics should definitely not be used in prevention of eczema. It is only used if the skin is broken with a secondary infection. ...Read more
I don't think so: These antibiotic ointments should be used sparingly and under certain circumstances, usually in deeper cuts and abrasions. I don't think they should be outlawed because they can be very beneficial if used properly. Not every cut needs a band aid and neosporin. If anything they should discontinue the sale of antibacterial soaps. ...Read more
Not recommended: As harmless as an antibiotic cream might seem, it is actually absorbed into the skin and the rest of the body. That means different germs 'see' this medication and can generate resistance to it - which may be an issue down the road. (Hopefully never but you can't predict the future). Better to find out what exactly is causing the rash and base your treatment on that. A dermatologist may be of help ...Read more
What causes ring worms and what can be done for them go away if antibiotics and the cream doesn't work?
I ripped the top of my pinky nail. Cleaned it with peroxide. Put an antibiotic cream plus bandage on. Now it hurts even more!
Pain: The end of the finger has some of the highest concentrations of pain detecting fibers in the nervous system. It is not surprising that this area is painful, and adding peroxide may have increased the discomfort. Watch this area carefully. If it becomes increasingly red, warm, swollen and painful or tender, get to a doctor immediately. ...Read more
The redness on my incision site doesn't seem to be going away. Is there any antibiotic cream that I can use to help with the redness?
Surgical follow-up: If there's redness that you think is abnormal - you need to let your surgeon know about this. They usually have some sort of routine follow up scheduled after a surgery-but I would call now and let them know you need to be seen sooner rather than later. You don't want to 'sit' on a wound infection that could worsen without the proper treatment. Surgeons are usually happy to know about these things ...Read more
If someone had many minor cuts over an area of 1.5 feet by 2 inches/34 square inches total, is using an antibiotic cream on the entire area okay?
Take it out.
Clean it. Watch for infection. If it gets infected you need to see a doctor. ...Read more
What is the problem?: This area of the body is very vascular allowing it to heal well. If you have a yeast infection – then use of an antifungal medication for tears would be appropriate. If you were to use antibiotic ointment it may lead you to becoming sensitive to the medication. It might also irritate the delicate tissues. ...Read more
No: You are dealing with an area of inflamation, not infection. ...Read more
Shave instead!: Topicals have not shown definitive improvement, but shaving the hair in the area has! Keep the hair shaved to one inch away from the cyst, and some people find that no other treatment is needed. ...Read more
Sitz baths!: Antibiotic or other creams are of little value. Witch Hazel impregnated wipes help itching and burning symptoms. Definitive care is Sitz baths with Epsom salts, 4-6X/d tepid water 15 min each. Avoid straining at stools, increase dietary fiber, avoid dehydration, and see a general surgeon for bleeding or ongoing complications. ...Read more
Do I still have to swab my nose with the antibiotic cream even though the wound on my back has healed?
Swab: Sounds like you are treating yourself for MRSA. If that is the case, check with your doctor, but typically nose swab treatment for MRSA carrier is 5 days two times a day. ...Read more
Is it safe to use an antibiotic cream on flea bites on my butt area. I was taking care of puppies and got flea bites.
Safe but: For wounds such as small insect bites and small abrasions etc I prefer to tell patients to use soap and water to clean and keep area dry. You are quite able to treat such minor insults to your body. If any pain or wetness persists then using an antibiotic cream is completely justified and safe. ...Read more
Fell on bike crossbar & got 2inch cut/tear on inside of labiaminora. Antibiotic cream&washing w/soap 3xday. Should I not walk much? What's healing time?
Its variable: You may walk but if it is causing a lot of pain, limit the activity. You may feel better within 1-2 weeks. It would be similar to healing after having a vaginal birth/ epsom salt soaks may help. ...Read more
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