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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacitracin And Polymyxin (Overview)

Bacitracin|polymyxin is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze? How do I know it's not infected? Ty!

Open razor cut wound red and moist can I treat it with polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment with bacitracin zinc and gauze? How do I know it's not infected? Ty!

Wound: Yes, you can. The signs of infection - pain, drainage, usually milky white, green or yellow, swelling which is worsening, redness which is worsening or not getting better. If none of those are present, yes, you can go ahead and put an antibiotic ointment and either let it air dry or cover with a dressing (bandade). If the symptoms above are present and it's getting worse, see doc. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Bacitracin And Polymyxin (Overview)

Bacitracin|polymyxin is a topical anti-bacterial antibiotic skin-related medication.


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I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

I am with stye. Can I use bacitracin zinc + neomycin sulfate + polymyxin b sulfate? Thank you!

It won't help or hurt: "styes" is a layman's term for blocked oil glands in the eyelid. Most all will resolve completely with time and warm compresses. If they do not resolve in a reasonable period of time, an ophthalmologist can easily incise and drain them leading to quick resolution. This triple antibiotic should not hurt anything (if not allergic), but won't help either as these are not bacterial in origin. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of bacitracin 800 mg tablets?

What are the side effects of bacitracin 800 mg tablets?

Wrong drug?: Bacitracin is a topical antibiotic, usually a cream, ointment or gel. It is not formulated as a tablet. ...Read more

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Should I take my ring out clean everything put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on the wound and then put the ring back in?

Should I take my ring out clean everything put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on the wound and then put the ring back in?

If your Piercing has: Become infected, you want to take it out and see a doctor, hospital ED, or walk in clinic to have the infection treated. Allow the piercing to close and give the site a few months to heal completely before having the piercing redone.
If you try to continue the ring will never allow the infection to clear and you risk spreading infection and the scarring and sloughing of the tissue in that area. ...Read more

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Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or calendula ointment better?

Is polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) or calendula ointment better?

For what problem?: Without knowing what you're treating, it's hard to say which would be "better." polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains synthetic antibiotics, Bacitracin and polymyxin. Calendula ointment is from the marigold plant, calendula officinalis. It's been traditionally used in minor skin wounds: skin infections, burns, bee stings, sunburn, warts, etc. Most research comes from animal studies. Http://tinyurl. Com/lapg2kq. ...Read more

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What's the difference between neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

What's the difference between neosporin and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Neomycin: Neosporin contains bacitracin, polymyxin and neomycin. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) contains just the first 2 of these. Neomycin is a common allergan so many people react with a contact allergy dermatitis to neosporin. ...Read more

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Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

Can I use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on oil burns?

First degree?: It does not matter how the burn occurred, but the depth and magnitude of the burn. If it's a first degree burn, polysporin is fine. If it is a more severe second degree burn or a large area, best you see a doc for prescription medicine like silvadene, (silver sulfadiazine) which is better coverage for bacteria that are likely to complicate burn healing. Keep areas clean, but don't overdo it and cause more irritation. ...Read more

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Would polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) help heal the cuts on my thigh faster?

Would polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) help heal the cuts on my thigh faster?

Healing: No. They may prevent infection. But they do nothing to cause nature to change the way it heals a wound in your body. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Is there a difference between neosporin ointment and polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) ointment?

Neosporin xpolyspori: There is a difference, neosporin is one antibiotic ointment. Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) is antibiotic but, is a mixture of few antibiotic products. ...Read more

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I have read lots on this, but is it really that dangerous to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) inside the nostrils?

I have read lots on this, but is it really that dangerous to use polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) inside the nostrils?

No, not at all: It is not a problem. I frequently have my patients use antibiotic ointment in their nostrils. The only thing I caution them about is neomycin which can cause significant reactions. ...Read more

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I have been putting polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a burn for the past 3-4 days. Just realized it expired in 2007/2008. Is this in any way dangerous?

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin): The outdated polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) will not hurt you and will be fine to use. Many expiration dates are not scientifically valid. Think of it as an expiration date on a bar of soap. ...Read more

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I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

I cut myself w the end of a possibly soiled knife. Idk how deep the wound is, tiny hole. Washed w soap, added polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin). Anything else I should do?

Tdap Booster: I would agree that you should continue to apply antibiotic ointment, and keep the puncture wound clean. IF an infection were to occur, you would begin to notice redness or your skin, warmth, selling, and tenderness usually within 48 hours of the puncture.
If you do not recall when you last has a Tetanus shot/booster, you should get one of these. Tetanus shot is abbreviated as either Td or Tdap ...Read more

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Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Does polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) work on leech bite?

Leech bite: Not sure what you mean by work. First take the leech off. Then clean and then polysporin is reasonable. ...Read more

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Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

Can you put polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin) on a hot water burn?

For a second-degree: ... Burn, keep the wound clean and apply a topical antibiotic ointment (e.g., polysporin, (bacitracin and polymyxin) bacitracin, neosporin, triple-antibiotic ointment). Also be sure to get good nutrition so that you have all the necessary building blocks for wound healing. If the wound is not healing soon (i.e., in 1 to 2 weeks), or if it seems like it is getting infected, seek formal medical attention. ...Read more

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